—The Professor Brothers's liberal interpretation of Tyler's term as President
Tyler's doctor: I hope not, sir.
John Tyler: Perhaps it is best.
—John Tyler's Last Words.
Real Life Tropes he embodied:
- Didn't See That Coming:
- The Whigs didn't expect William Henry Harrison to die in office, much less so soon that Tyler would serve nearly a full term on his own.
- On that note, the drafters of the Constitution didn't expect that a President might expire before his term did, as the Consitution was pretty vague on a very important matter.
- Embarrassing Nickname: He was referred to as "His Accidency".
- Face-Heel Turn: A Whig-Democrat Turn, at least. The Whigs formed primarily in opposition to Andrew Jackson. When Tyler went from Vice President to President, Whigs found out they and Tyler had nothing in common except their hate for Jackson. As a result, when Tyler vetoed one Whig bill after another they kicked Tyler out of the party (and made the first ever attempt at impeaching the President in American history).
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Whig party, when they realized that Tyler was not "Acting President", but President.
- Spanner in the Works: I repeat—"He was a longtime Democratic-Republican who was elected to the Vice Presidency on the Whig ticket." He vetoed nearly every bill the Whigs sent him and was president for all but one month of a full term, the longest term of any President who wasn't actually elected to that office. note
- Succession Crisis: A rare republican example—prior to his predecessor's term, nobody knew exactly what would happen if a President was unable to fulfill his duties—perhaps the Vice President would fill in until the President recovered that ability. Problem was, William Henry Harrison was dead and his inability was permanent. Tyler's answer—that the Vice President would become President in his own right— was not good news for the Whigs.
- Unexpected Successor: Founding Fathers didn't seem to realize a successor to an office up for grabs every four years would be needed at all as the Constitution was rather vague on what would happen if a President was permanently unable to fullfill his duties. As it turned out, a successor was needed on nine different occasions. note
- Vindicated by History: only in one regard: setting the precedent for Presidential succession. It took the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to codify it, but Tyler set the rule. Most historians still rank his own term of office down at the bottom of the list.