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John Tyler

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Definition: Tenth president. He became president when William Henry Harrison died in office (1841). He began his political career in the House of Representatives, representing Georgia. He later served as governor of Georgia and then as a Senator. He voted against the Missouri Compromise. He was a member of the Whig Party. He was a strong supporter of states' rights, and he angered Henry Clay and other Whig leaders by vetoing several key bills that would have given the federal government more power. He served one term as president. As the country moved toward war, Tyler tried to help with compromise efforts; he would not, however, give up his support of states' rights. When he died in 1862, he was a member of the Confederate House of Representatives.

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