His career along the pathway of an honorable distinction was rapid.
In 1816 he was elected to Congress, and was twice re-elected.
Ill health induced him to resign before the expiration of his term.
In 1823 and the two following years he was elected a member of the Legislature, and in 1825 was chosen Governor of the State
by the Legislature.
The next session he was re-elected unanimously, by the Legislature, Governor.
was a cultivated man with a refined taste in literature.
On the death of Thomas Jefferson
he was requested to deliver, in Richmond, Virginia
, a funeral oration, which he did on the 11th of July, 1826.
It is a beautiful eulogy, and will compare favorably, in literary style and in pure sentiments and sound political philosophy, with any of the very many pronounced on the life and services of the distinguished statesman, Thomas Jefferson
His official life was almost continuous.
In March, 1827, he succeeded John Randolph
as United States Senator
, having been elected over Mr. Randolph
by a decided vote.
In 1833 Tyler
The writer of the work now under consideration presents a very accurate and interesting history of the rupture of the great Republican party of the Jeffersonian school
, which, in 1824, had been split in many factions, but which, at this period, was combining under what was known as the Democratic
and National Republicans.
was opposed to the United
States Bank policy, to internal improvement by the General Government
, and to the protective tariff policy.
In the Jeffersonian application of Democrat, Tyler
was a Democrat; but when the Whig party took its rise, Tyler
co-operated with them, and was never, in the Jackson
sense, a Democrat, but a decided Whig.
The history of the rise of the Whig party, occasioned by the violent Federal measures and principles of the Jackson
Democratic party, which was in no sense Democratic, is very fairly presented by the writer of the ‘Letters and Times of the Two Tylers.’
It was characterized by the exhibition of the talent of such men as Webster
, Reverdy Johnson
, and many others, determined to resist the violent measures of Andrew Jackson
of the United States
We will not enter into a discussion of the many points on which the Whig party acted.
It is known, historically, how Federal the so called Democratic party of the Jackson school
became, and, in truth, the Whigs
were more Democratic than the professed Democrats.
It was under that influence that Mr. Webster