John Tyler, the Accidental President

Crapol also highlights tyler's faith in America's national destiny and his belief that boundless territorial expansion would preserve the Union as a slaveholding republic. When tyler sided with the confederacy in 1861, he was branded as America's "traitor" president for having betrayed the republic he once led.

. The first vice president to become president on the death of the incumbent, John Tyler 1790-1862 was derided by critics as "His Accidency. In this biography of the tenth president, Edward P. Crapol challenges depictions of Tyler as a die-hard advocate of states' rights, limited government, and a strict interpretation of the Constitution.

Instead, he argues, Tyler manipulated the Constitution to increase the executive power of the presidency.

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

Polk occupied the white house for only four years, bluffed great britain out of the lion’s share of Oregon, brought Texas into the Union, most notably, from 1845 to 1849, but he plotted and attained a formidable agenda: He fought for and won tariff reductions, and, reestablished an independent Treasury, and wrested California and much of the Southwest from Mexico.

Borneman gives us the first complete and authoritative biography of a president often overshadowed in image but seldom outdone in accomplishment. In polk, Walter R. James K. On reflection, these successes seem even more impressive, given the contentious political environment of the time. In this unprecedented, long-overdue warts-and-all look at Polk’s life and career, we have a portrait of an expansionist president and decisive statesman who redefined the country he led, and we are reminded anew of the true meaning of presidential accomplishment and resolve.


Millard Fillmore: Biography of a President

Harry S. This is a curious and complicated story well told. American History Review Robert J. Rather than viewing him as a leader who only had two and a half years in office to implement his policies, he places Fillmore within the tumultuous political context of the 1840s and 1850s. Rayback’s work provides brilliant insight into how the American political party system was developing through the nineteenth century and how it was becoming increasingly likely through Fillmore’s career that the country was developing into a two-party system.

Millard fillmore: biography of a President was first published in 1959. Drawing his evidence from a variety of sources but particularly from a collection of 8, 500 pieces of correspondence between Fillmore and his friends and rivals allows Rayback to fully uncover the mindset of the political leaders of the mid-nineteenth century.

Truman “characterized Fillmore as a weak, trivial thumb-twaddler who would do nothing to offend anyone". Rayback in this fascinating biography re-evaluates the career and presidency of Millard Fillmore. It is the story of a life not only of dignity and integrity but of permanent achievement on both the local and national scene.

Rayback was a professor of history at Syracuse University who died in 1996. While the united states was gripped by division Fillmore worked tirelessly through his years, both before and after his presidency, to keep the Union together and his people united. But is such a statement justified? Robert J.

Martin Van Buren and the American Political System

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William Henry Harrison: The Life and Legacy of the First American President to Die in Office

In fact, like henry, which makes it all the more unfortunate that much the same way Hamilton is remembered for the duel with Aaron Burr, and many others from the early days of the Republic, Harrison served his country in many ways and was one of the most consequential figures both in politics and the military, Hamilton, Harrison is remembered for being the first president to die in office.

After all, and he spent the majority of those in bed, he only served as the Chief Executive for 30 days, fighting for his life and eventually losing. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Condition: New. Harrison’s early political career also remains relatively unknown; few realize that he spent much of his early adulthood in what was then still wilderness, first as a soldier, then as the Territorial Governor of the Indiana Territory.

Thus, even while it is true that he had the shortest presidency in American history, Harrison managed to accomplish more for the long term good of the nation than other men have in a much longer time. Includes pictures *includes accounts of harrison's battles and harrison's quotes about his career *includes online resources and a bibliography “Old Tip he wore a homespun coat, he had no ruffled shirt: wirt-wirt, But Matt he has the golden plate, and he's a little squirt: wirt-wirt!” – A Whig campaign slogan during the 1840 election When one is looking quickly over the lives of the Presidents of the United States, it is easy to overlook William Henry Harrison.

Isbn13: 9781590910290 Older americans may have heard the phrase used during his election - “Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too” – but even that battle was overshadowed by the War of 1812. For instance, how he dropped out of medical school to become a soldier, few people know of his famous family, and how he eloped with a young woman and went on to have 10 children with her.

William Henry Harrison: The American Presidents Series: The 9th President,1841

Tracking provided on most orders. The president who served the shortest term―just a single month―but whose victorious election campaign rewrote the rules for candidates seeking America's highest officeWilliam Henry Harrison died just thirty-one days after taking the oath of office in 1841. But it was his presidential campaign of 1840 that made an indelible mark on American political history.

Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! . The son of a signer of the declaration of independence, harrison was a celebrated general whose exploits at the Battle of Tippecanoe and in the War of 1812 propelled him into politics, and in time he became a leader of the new Whig Party, alongside Daniel Webster and Henry Clay.

Today he is a curiosity in american history, but as Gail Collins shows in this entertaining and revelatory biography, he and his career are worth a closer look. Collins takes us back to that pivotal year, when Harrison's "Log Cabin and Hard Cider" campaign transformed the way candidates pursued the presidency.

It was the first campaign that featured mass rallies, personal appearances by the candidate, and catchy campaign slogans like "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too. Harrison's victory marked the coming-of-age of a new political system, and its impact is still felt in American politics today. Isbn13: 9781590910290 Condition: New.

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Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest

The ensuing armistice brought him the disapprobation of the government but greater public renown. With minimal advance planning, Taylor led his men against the northern Mexican center of Monterrey, where he displayed little confidence as a battlefield commander. Considering the course his life took, one might wonder how Zachary Taylor ever came to be elected the twelfth president of the United States.

His fame was later assured by his troops' victory at Buena Vista, a battle that cleared the path to the White House. Taylor's sixteen months as president were marked by disputes over California state-hood and the Texas-New Mexico boundary. Not an intellectual, Taylor showed little curiosity about the world around him.

Jack bauer, Taylor "was and remains an enigma. He was a southerner who espoused many antisouthern causes, an aristocrat with a strong feeling for the common man, an energetic yet cautious and conservative soldier. According to K. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Condition: New. In this biography -- the most comprehensive since holman Hamilton's two-volume work published more than thirty years ago -- Bauer offers a fresh appraisal of Taylor's life and suggests that Taylor may have been neither so simple nor so nonpolitical as many historians have believed.

Much of taylor's adult life was spent in the army, although his military career proved unexceptional until circumstances thrust him into command of the troops sent to occupy Texas.

Zachary Taylor: The American Presidents Series: The 12th President, 1849-1850

As the acrimonious debate intensified, taylor stood his ground in favor of California's admission―despite being a slaveholder himself―but in July 1850 he unexpectedly took ill, and within a week he was dead. D. Tracking provided on most orders. Used book in Good Condition. The rough-hewn general who rose to the nation's highest office, a man who lived up to his nickname, and whose presidency witnessed the first political skirmishes that would lead to the Civil WarZachary Taylor was a soldier's soldier, "Old Rough and Ready.

Having risen through the ranks of the U. S. Isbn13: 9781590910290 The political storm reached a crescendo in 1849, applied for statehood with an anti- slavery constitution, when California, newly populated after the Gold Rush, an event that upset the delicate balance of slave and free states and pushed both sides to the brink.

He was the first man to have been elected president without having held a lower political office. John S. Army, he achieved his greatest success in the Mexican War, propelling him to the nation's highest office in the election of 1848. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold!

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

Tracking provided on most orders. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Used book in Good Condition. Isbn13: 9781590910290 . Condition: New. From the new york times bestselling author, award-winning author harlow giles unger reveals the epic story of James Monroe 1758-1831-the last of America's Founding Fathers-who transformed a small, who transformed a small, fragile nation into a powerful empireIn this compelling biography, the larger than life story of America's fifth president, fragile nation beset by enemies into a powerful empire stretching "from sea to shining sea.

Like david mccullough's john adams and jon meacham's American Lion, The Last Founding Father is both a superb read and stellar scholarship-action-filled history in the grand tradition. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Franklin Pierce: The American Presidents Series: The 14th President, 1853-1857

Used book in Good Condition. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Violence broke out, and "Bleeding Kansas" spurred the formation of the Republican Party. The genial but troubled new englander whose single-minded partisan loyalties inflamed the nation's simmering battle over slavery Charming and handsome, Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was drafted to break the deadlock of the 1852 Democratic convention.

He soon began to overreach. Isbn13: 9781590910290 Holt, argues that in the wake of the whig collapse, a leading historian of nineteenth-century partisan politics, Pierce was consumed by an obsessive drive to unify his splintering party rather than the roiling country. Tracking provided on most orders. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Word leaked that pierce wanted Spain to sell the slave-owning island of Cuba to the United States, rousing sectional divisions. By the end of his term, pierce's beloved party had ruptured, and he lost the nomination to James Buchanan. In this incisive account, so dedicated to his party and ill-suited for the presidency, Holt shows how a flawed leader, hastened the approach of the Civil War.

Though he seized the white House in a landslide against the imploding Whig Party, he proved a dismal failure in office. Michael F.

Mr. Jefferson's Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy

Jefferson’s hammer is a cultural biography of his fellow settlers, telling how this first generation of post-Revolutionary Americans realized their vision of progress and expansionism. Used book in Good Condition. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Used book in Good Condition. Thomas jefferson, who was president during the first decade of the nineteenth century, found in Harrison the ideal agent to carry out his administration’s ruthless campaign to extinguish Indian land titles.

More than a study of the man, Mr. Jefferson’s hammer offers a much needed reappraisal of Harrison’s impact on the nation’s development and key lessons for understanding American sentiments in the early republic. Owens now explores that era through the lens of Harrison’s career, providing a new synthesis of his role in the political development of Indiana Territory and in shaping Indian policy in the Old Northwest.

Owens traces harrison’s political career as secretary of the Northwest Territory, territorial delegate to Congress, and governor of Indiana Territory, as well as his military leadership and involvement with Indian relations. Tracking provided on most orders. Often remembered as the president who died shortly after taking office, William Henry Harrison remains misunderstood by most Americans.