• John Tyler, First Unelected President, Renounced His American Citizenship To Join Confederacy --ALS

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    JOHN TYLER was the tenth President of the United States from 1841-45.  Tyler ascended to the presidency following the untimely death of William Henry Harrison in April 1841, making Tyler the first person to become president without having been elected. Harrison died of pneumonia, contracted during his cold inaugural, thereby serving the shortest term in history. Tyler had been a Congressman, Governor of Virginia and a Senator.  Tyler’s term was marked by frequent clashes with Whigs, led by Henry Clay.  He approved the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which clearly defined the American and Canadian boundary, and signed the measure annexing Texas. He was expelled from his party and denied renomination.  In 1861, he was elected to the Confederate House of Representatives, becoming the only President to renounce his American citizenship.

    Offering a one-page, matted and framed ALS, (4 ½ x 5 ½) May 15, 1842 to Mr. Sherman with a nice engraving of Tyler.  “Dear Sir,

    “Will you give me your opinion of the writer of the enclosed (not present, unless behind the mat)? How far reliable, etc. etc.

    “Y.T. (Yours Truly)

    “J. Tyler

    “Mr. Sherman”

    Overall frame size is 12” x 16 ½”. 

    The letter is loose on the right side, easy to have corrected. It appears to have one tear, away from the text, that seems to have been repaired.


    A very nice piece, signed during his controversial presidency.


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