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  • Vice President Tyler Receives News of President Harrison's Death
    Unknown
    presidential sites & libraries
    Virginia
    prints
    engraving
    This engraving depicts Vice President John Tyler at Sherwood Forest, his plantation estate in Virginia, receiving news from a messenger regarding the death of President William Henry Harrison. On April 4, 1841, Harrison became the first president to die while in office following a battle with pneumonia. As the first vice president to unexpectedly rise to the office of the presidency, Tyler established a precedent of not merely title but also presidential power falling to the new successor. This image appears in a book titled "The Lives of the Presidents" by William O. Stoddard, published in 1886.
  • John Tyler
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    portrait
    engraving
    This engraving of President John Tyler was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Tyler became president after President William Henry Harrison passed away from pneumonia a month into his presidency. Tyler was the first vice president to become president without being elected to the office. He served out the remainder of Harrison's term, from 1841 to 1845. Prior to his roles in the executive branch, Tyler represented the state of Virginia in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • John Tyler
    Auguste Edouart
    portrait
    silhouette
    This cut paper silhouette portrait of President John Tyler was completed by Auguste Edouart in 1841. The writing at the bottom of the portrait reads, "John Tyler 'President of the United States' Washington 20th April 1841." President Tyler became the tenth president of the United States after President William Henry Harrison died just one month after his inauguration. Tyler served for the remainder of Harrison's term, until March 4, 1845. Tyler had previously served in the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and as governor of Virginia before becoming Harrison's Vice President. Silhouette portraits were popular and readily available throughout Europe and the United States during the 19th century.
  • John Tyler
    Archibald L. Dick
    portrait
    This engraving of President John Tyler was created by Archibald L. Dick and taken from a daguerreotype miniature that was produced by Augustus Morand. President Tyler became the tenth president of the United States after President William Henry Harrison died just one month after his inauguration. Tyler served for the remainder of Harrison's term, until March 4, 1845. Tyler had previously served in the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate and as governor of Virginia before becoming Harrison's Vice President. This engraving was originally published in the "United States Magazine and Democratic Review" in 1842.
  • John Tyler
    G. P. A. Healy
    official portrait
    This oil on canvas painting of President John Tyler was done by George Peter Alexander Healy. Healy was one of the most popular and prolific portraitists of the mid-nineteenth century. Tyler became president after President William Henry Harrison passed away from pneumonia a month into his presidency. Tyler was the first Vice President to become President without being elected to the office. He served out the remainder of Harrison's term, from 1841 to 1845. Prior to his roles in the executive branch, Tyler represented the State of Virginia in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • John Tyler
    James Reid Lambdin
    portrait
    This portrait of John Tyler was painted by James Reid Lambdin in 1841, the first year of Tyler's presidency. Before becoming president, Tyler served in the House of Representatives and the Senate and served as William Henry Harrison's Vice President, succeeding to the presidency upon Harrison's death on April 4, 1841. He served until March 4, 1845.