The Presidents Code – Vice President John Tyler

The Presidents Code – Vice President John Tyler

Vice President John Tyler Whig 3/4/-4/4/1841
Vice President John Tyler
Whig 3/4/-4/4/1841

The Whig Party was divided in 1840 between Henry Clay and William Henry Harrison as to who would be the Presidential nominee. Harrison was finally chosen as he was able to distance himself from previous Whig failures in Presidential elections which included Clay. John Tyler was chosen as Harrison’s Vice Presidential running mate as he represented the faction of Whigs who supported Henry Clay and was able to unite the party.


John Tyler’s name meaning is a picture of the call of God to Noah to build an ark to survive the Flood which was coming upon earth due to mankind’s wickedness.


John means the grace of Yah. This is pointing to the grace which Noah found during these days of evil.

Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Tyler is from an English surname meaning the ’tiler of roofs.’ Or it could be said, one who covers the roof of a home which protects the dwellers therein from the elements. This is referring to Noah and the building of an ark (Genesis 6:13-17).


When President Harrison died, John Tyler became the first Vice President to ‘ascend’ to the Presidency. This caused disagreements amongst those in Washington as the Constitution only stated that upon the death or removal of the President from office, the Vice President would take upon his powers and duties.

Some argued that Tyler should not be considered the President, but remain the Vice President with the duties of the President while the Presidency was vacant. Tyler however took the oath of office for President and gave an inaugural address which set up the precedent that the Vice President would become President upon the death of the incumbent. This precedent would continue without officially being made a law until the 25th Amendment was passed in 1967.


Within his own party, Henry Clay opposed Tyler’s assumption to the office of President and considered him to be in the role of a Vice President regent. Tyler refused to accept this connotation and was known to return unopened any correspondence to him which gave him the title Vice President or Acting President.

Clay believed that he was going to be “the real power behind a fumbling throne” of William Henry Harrison. When President Harrison died, Clay wished to continue in this role with John Tyler but was rejected. This led to John Tyler being excommunicated from his party and the only President other than George Washington to be independent from any party.


As an Independent, Tyler was not a part of the party system. In the code, this party system displays the carnal nature of man and the violence which results from the wickedness in man’s heart which was seen during the of the days of Noah. Noah was able to overcome this by being ‘independent’ from the world and walking with God (Genesis 6:9).

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