What were John Tyler's major accomplishments?
John Tyler is generally not regarded by history as a very successful or noteworthy president, but he can nonetheless be credited with a number of not inconsiderable accomplishments.
His accomplishments, detailed below, might be considered especially impressive given that he was not expecting to become president. He only took the office when the serving president, President William Henry Harrison, died unexpectedly in 1841. John Tyler then held the office of president (as the tenth man to do so) until 1845.
Perhaps President Tyler's first major accomplishment was the 1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty with Great Britain. This treaty successfully settled a number of border disputes between the United States and British colonies to the north.
President Tyler's second major accomplishment was arguably the 1844 Treaty of Wanghia. This treaty made it possible for America to trade in Chinese ports on the same level—and with the same benefits—as Great Britain.
A third significant accomplishment of Tyler's presidency was the annexation of Texas in 1845. The annexation bill was signed by Tyler during his last days as president.
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