Elected to the Legislature of his State in 1811, when but twenty-one years of age, he had served repeatedly in that body, and in Congress, before he was, in 1825, elected to the Governorship of Virginia by her Legislature.
In March, 1827, he was chosen to the United States Senate by the combined votes of the National Republican, or Adams and Clay members, with those of a portion of the Jacksonians, who were dissatisfied with the erratic conduct and bitter personalities of John Randolph of Roanoke, Mr. Tyler's competitor and predecessor.
Mr. Tyler had (in 1825) written to Mr. Clay, commending his preference of Mr Adams to Gen. Jackson, but had afterward gone with the current in Virginia for Jackson — basing this preference on his adhesion to the State rights, or Strict Construction theory of our Government, which was deemed by him at variance with some of the recommendations in Mr. Adams's first Message.
In the Senate, Mr. Tyler was anti-Tariff, anti-Improvement, anti
onvention of 1856, 246; a filibuster, 270; statement of with regard to Senator Douglas, 512.
Rains, Gen., one of Jackson's Brigadiers, 574.
Raleigh, N. C., Convention of Southern Governors at, 329; State Rights Convention at, 485.
Randolph, George W., one of the Virginia Commissioners to President Lincoln, 452.
Randolph, John, of Roanoke, opposes the introduction of Slavery into the North-West Territory, 52; 109; 110; 154; his opinion on the Cuba question, 268.
Reagan, John Randolph, John, of Roanoke, opposes the introduction of Slavery into the North-West Territory, 52; 109; 110; 154; his opinion on the Cuba question, 268.
Reagan, John H., of Texas, elected to Congress, 339; a member of Davis's Cabinet, 429.
Realf, Richard, John Brown's Sec. of State, 287.
Rebellion Record, The, in relation to Belmont, 597.
Rector, Gov. Henry M., of Ark., 341.
Redpath, James, on John Brown, 282-3; 289.
Reed, Dr., of Ind., delegate to the Democratic Convention; favors the Slave-Trade, 316.
Reeder, Andrew H., appointed Governor of Kansas, 236; his soundness on the Slavery question asserted by The Union, 236; has a census taken,