PRESIDENT JOHN TYLER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 4650
Sale Price $2,040.00
John Tyler sends an autograph letter as President asking about a change in the pension agency.
Autograph Letter Signed: "J. Tyler" as President, 1p, 4¼x7¼. No place, no date. To Mr. Spencer.In full: "I invited your attention a few days since to the change made in the pension agency N.H. - So shew (sic) the form and colour of the times." Docketed in unknown hand on verso: "President Tyler". When President Harrison died on April 4, 1841, Vice President Tyler succeeded to the office of the President. Although the "Powers and Duties" of the office of the President constitutionally devolved on the Vice President, Tyler set a precedent by taking the title "President". It was not until the 25th Amendment was ratified in 1967 that when a President dies, resigns or is removed from office, "the Vice President shall become President". JOHN C. SPENCER served as President Tyler's Secretary of War from October 12, 1841 to March 3, 1843, when he became Secretary of the Treasury, serving until May 1, 1844. As the content concerns a "pension agency", the letter was most probably written while Spencer served as Secretary of the Treasury. Spencer, and all but one other member of Tyler's Cabinet, resigned in May 1844 in protest against the President's departures from the policies of the Whig Party. Stains and mounting remnants on verso, no show through. 2 ink stains at lower blank margin. Fine condition.
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