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John Tyler Bibliography (1890 - 1962)

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Historical Context

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Age of Jackson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1945.

Van Deusen, Glyndon G. The Jacksonian Era, 1828-1848. New York: Harper & Row, 1959.

Schlesinger and Van Deusen are two classic surveys of the era.

White, Leonard D. The Jacksonians: A Study in Administrative History, 1829-1861. New York: Macmillan, 1954.

An excellent overview of antebellum U.S. government. Specifically covers the presidency, the cabinet, and congress.

Holt, Michael F. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

An ambitious study of the Whig party that is considered the standard work on the subject.

Peterson, Merrill D. The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay and Calhoun. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

A detailed political biography of these three statesmen that focuses less on their private lives and more on the impact the three had on the Jackson era.

Cooper, William Jr. The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828-1856. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1978.

This political work focuses on the presidential contests from 1828-1952. It also examines slavery and how it became the significant political issue for the Southern states.

Tyler Papers and Memoirs

Tyler, Lyon G., ed. Letters and Times of the Tylers. 3 vols. 1884-1896. Reprint, New York: Da Capo Press, 1970.

The best published source for Tyler papers. Edited by Tyler’s son.

For a fuller discussion of Tyler’s papers see the Public and Private Papers section of our website.

Tyler Biographies

Chitwood, Oliver Perry. John Tyler: Champion of the Old South. New York: D. Appleton- Century, 1939.

Considered the standard and best full-length biography.

Peterson, Norma L. The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. Lawrence, Kans.: University Press of Kansas, 1989.

From the American Presidency Series, a series dedicated to providing a consistent, scholarly treatment of each president. Coverage is limited to the years in office.

Morgan, Robert J. A Whig Embattled: The Presidency Under John Tyler. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1954.

Focuses on the presidency.

Seager, Robert II. And Tyler Too: A Biography of John and Julia Gardiner Tyler. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press: 1963.

A very readable biography of Tyler and his second wife.

Wise, Henry A. Seven Decades of the Union: The Humanities and Materialism Illustrated by a Memoir of John Tyler, with Reminiscences of Some of his Great Contemporaries. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1872.

A contemporary account of Tyler’s life written by a friend and an admirer.

Tyler Administration and Advisors (1841-1845)

For cabinet members not listed below, please see: Grossman, Mark. Encyclopedia of the United States Cabinet. 3 vols. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2000.

George E. Badger (Secretary of Navy)

Graham, William A. Discourse in Memory of the Life and Character of the Hon. George E. Badger. Raleigh, N.C.: Nichols, Gorman, and Neathery, Printers, 1866.

John Bell (Secretary of War)

Parks, Joseph Howard. John Bell of Tennessee. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1950.

The standard biography of Bell; contains a detailed bibliography.

John C. Calhoun (Secretary of State)

Wiltse, Charles M. John C. Calhoun, Nationalist, 1782-1828. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1944.

Wiltse, Charles M. John C. Calhoun, Nullifier, 1829-1839. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1949.

Wiltse, Charles M. John C. Calhoun, Sectionalist, 1840-1850. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951.

Traditionally, the standard "life" of Calhoun.

Niven, John John C. Calhoun and the Price of Union. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.

A more recent challenge to Wiltse’s work.

Calhoun, John C. Papers of John C. Calhoun. 27 vols. Edited by Robert L. Meriwether, et al. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1959-2003.

The authoritative collection of Calhoun papers.

John J. Crittenden (Attorney General)

Kirwan, Albert D. John J. Crittenden: The Struggle for the Union. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1962.

The definitive biography of Crittenden.

Coleman, Ann Mary Butler Crittenden, ed. The Life of John J. Crittenden, with Selections from His Correspondence and Speeches. 2 vols. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1871.

A contemporary account of Crittenden’s life.

Edward Everett (Minister to Great Britain)

Varg, Paul A. Edward Everett: The Intellectual in the Turmoil of Politics. Selingsgrove, Penn.: Susquehanna University Press, 1992.

Frothingham, Paul. Edward Everett, Orator and Statesman. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925.

Everett, Edward. Orations and Speeches on Various Occasions. 2 vols. Boston: Little Brown, 1856.

Thomas Ewing (Secretary of Treasury)

Miller, Paul Ingersoll. "Thomas Ewing, Last of the Whigs." Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University, 1933.

Thomas Walker Gilmer (Secretary of Navy)

Coyner, Martin. "Thomas Walker Gilmer: 1802-1836, Origins of a Virginia Whig." M.A. thesis, University of Virginia, 1954.

Available at Alderman Library at the University of Virginia or via interlibrary loan.

Francis Granger (Postmaster General)

Fowler, Dorothy Ganfield. The Cabinet Politician: The Postmasters General, 1829-1909. New York: Columbia University Press, 1943.

Hugh S. Legare (Attorney General)

Bullen, Mary Swinton Legare, ed. The Writings of Hugh Swinton Legare. 2 vols. 1845-1846. Reprint, New York: Da Capo Press, 1970.

O’Brien, Michael. A Character of Hugh Legare. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1985.

The most complete and detailed biography of Legare.

Abel P. Upshur (Secretary of Navy; Secretary of State)

Hall, Claude H. Abel Upshur: Conservative Virginian, 1790-1844. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1963.

Daniel Webster (Secretary of State)

Remini, Robert V. Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time. New York: Norton, 1997.

The new standard Webster biography.

Bartlett, Irving H. Daniel Webster. New York: Norton, 1978.

For many years, the standard single volume biography of Webster.

Webster, Daniel. Papers of Daniel Webster. 14 vols. Edited by Charles M. Wiltse, et al. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England. 1974-1989.

The authoritative collection of Webster papers.

Henry Wheaton (Minister to Prussia)

Baker, Elizabeth. Henry Wheaton, 1785-1848. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1937.

Charles A. Wickliffe (Postmaster General)

Fowler, Dorothy Ganfield. The Cabinet Politician: The Postmasters General, 1829-1909. New York: Columbia University Press, 1943.

William Wilkins (Secretary of War)

Slick, S. E. "The Life of William Wilkins." Ph.D. diss., University of Pittsburgh, 1931.

Major Issues in the Tyler Administration

Foreign Affairs (General)

Reeves, Jesse Siddall. American Diplomacy under Tyler and Polk. 1907. Reprint, Gloucester, Mass.: P. Smith, 1967.

Examines the northeastern boundary controversy, the Texas question and relations with Mexico.

Varg, Paul. United States Foreign Relations, 1820-1860. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1979.

The Annexation of Texas

Merk, Frederick. Slavery and the Annexation of Texas. New York: Knopf, 1972.

Focuses specifically on the role of John Tyler’s administration in the annexation of Texas.

Merk, Frederick. Fruits of Propaganda in the Tyler Administration. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971.

Examines propaganda used in the Northern Boundary dispute and in the expansion of the Southwest. Includes a number of documents.

Pletcher, David M. The Diplomacy of Annexation: Texas, Oregon and the Mexican War. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1973.

Pletcher devotes the second section of this lengthy work to the years 1843-1845.

Smith, Justin Harvey. The Annexation of Texas. Corrected ed. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1941.

Binkley, William C. The Expansionist Movement in Texas, 1836-1850. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1925.

Smith and Binkley are both classic studies of the expansionist movement.

Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion

Merk, Frederick. The Monroe Doctrine and American Expansion, 1843-1849. New York: Knopf, 1966.

Merk, Frederick. Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History: A Reinterpretation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.

Merk, Frederick, and Lois Bannister Merk. The Monroe Doctrine and American Expansionism, 1843-1849. New York: Knopf, 1966.

The above three volumes are valuable for a greater understanding of the westward expansion during this period.

United States Exploring Expedition

Stanton, William. The Great United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975.

Considered the standard work on the subject.

Joyce, Barry Alan. The Shaping of American Ethnography. The Wilkes Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001.

Focuses less on the specific history of the Expedition and more on the ethnological tenets of the time.

Viola, Herman J. and Carolyn Margolis, eds. Magnificent Voyagers: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institute Press, 1985.

A collection of essays.

Wilkes, Charles. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition during the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. 5 vols. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1845.

A first-hand account by the Expedition leader.

Henderson, Daniel. The Hidden Coasts: A Biography of Admiral Charles Wilkes. New York: Sloane, 1953.

Anglo-American Relations

Carroll, Francis M. A Good and Wise Measure: The Search for the Canadian-American Boundary, 1783–1842. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2001.

Stevens, Kenneth R. Border Diplomacy: The Caroline and McLeod Affairs in Anglo-American-Canadian Relations, 1837-1842. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1989.

Jones, Howard. To the Webster-Ashburton Treaty: A Study in Anglo-American Relations, 1783-1843. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1977

Jones, Wilbur D. The American Problem in British Diplomacy, 1841-1861. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1974.

Written from a British point of view and is based completely on British manuscript collections.

Barnes, James and Patience Barnes, eds. Private and Confidential: Letters from British Ministers in Washington to the Foreign Secretaries in London, 1844-67. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 1993.

Death of a Sitting President

Bayh, Birch. One Heartbeat Away: Presidential Disability and Succession. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1968.

Written by a Senator Bayh shortly after the Kennedy assassination. Focuses on the origins, implementation and significance of the 25th amendment. Covers Tyler’s succession as background.

Peterson’s chapter on the succession in her work on the Harrison and Tyler presidencies is especially useful.

Slavery

Sewell, Richard H. Ballots for Freedom: Antislavery Politics in the United States, 1837-1860.New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.

This comprehensive history on political antislavery is based upon detailed research in newspapers and manuscript collection.

Nye, Russel B. Fettered Freedom: Civil Liberties and the Slavery Controversy, 1830-1860. Revised edition, East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1963.

An examination of people’s reactions to slavery and abolition during this 30 year time period.

Smith, Elbert B. The Death of Slavery: The United States, 1837-1865. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967.

A chronological narrative examining varying points of views from scholars on this topic.

Miller, William Lee. Arguing about Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

Miller offers a detailed account of Congress in the late 1830s and 1840s and their attempt to avoid the discussion of slavery, America’s most controversial issue.

Economics

Seller, Charles G. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

A general survey of the era, which interprets the culture, society, politics, economy and the relationships among them.

Sharp, James Roger. The Jacksonians versus the Banks: Politics in the States after the Panic of 1837. New York: Columbia University Press, 1970.

A survey of banking and politics on the state level.

Taylor, George. The Transportation Revolution: 1815-1860. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1951.

Gates, Paul Wallace. The Farmer’s Age: Agriculture, 1815-1860. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960.

Taylor and Gates are both part of the Economic History of the United States series. Combined, the two works provide an excellent overview of antebellum U.S. industry.

The Dorr War

Dennison, George M. The Dorr War: Republicanism on Trial, 1831-1861. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1976.

A study focused more on the constitutional and political theories of the Dorrites, as opposed to the actual events and consequences.

Gettleman, Marvin E. The Dorr Rebellion: A Study in American Radicalism, 1833-1849. New York: Random House, 1973.

A heavily researched account of the Dorr War with a valuable bibliographical essay.

Mowry, Arthur May. The Dorr War. 1901. Reprint, New York: Johnson Reprint, 1968.

The classic study of Rhode Island’s political turmoil in the 1840s.

Judicial Issues and Appointments

Abraham, Henry J. Justices, Presidents, and Senators: A History of the U.S. Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Clinton. Rev. ed. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Abraham covers Tyler's appointment of Samuel Nelson to the Supreme Court.

Politics and Political Parties

McCormick, Richard P. The Second American Party System: Party Formation in the Jacksonian Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1966.

Contains studies of party history in each state, voting statistics and the political environment of this era.

Brock, William R. Parties and Political Conscience: American Dilemmas, 1840-1850. Millwood, N.Y.: KTO Press, 1979.

A single volume history of the rise of the two-party system and national politics in the 1840s. Brock analyzes the political thought and the process of government during this time period.

Lambert, Oscar Doane. Presidential Politics in the United States, 1841-1844. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1936.

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., ed. History of U. S. Political Parties. 5 vols. New York: Chelsea House, 2002.

Brief essays on political parties from the Federalists to the 1992-2001 Reform party.

Jackson, Carlton. Presidential Vetoes, 1792-1945. Athens: University of Georgia Press: 1967.

Also see William Cooper’s book, The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828-1856, in Historical Context.

 

Elections

Gunderson, Robert Gray. The Log-Cabin Campaign. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1957.

Focuses specifically on the election of 1840.

Norton, Anthony Banning, ed. The Great Revolution of 1840: Reminiscences of the Log Cabin and Hard Cider Campaign. Mount Vernon: A.B. Norton and Co., 1888.

A collection of speeches and other campaign activities from the election of 1840.

Van der Linden, Frank. Dark Horse. San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1944.

Covers the annexation of Texas and Polk’s nomination and election in 1844.

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., ed. History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-1968. 4 vols. New York: Chelsea House, 1971.

Tyler Contemporaries

John Quincy Adams (Former President; Congresman)

Bemis, Samuel Flagg. John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy. New York: Knopf, 1949.

Bemis, Samuel Flagg. John Quincy Adams and the Union. New York: Knopf, 1956.

Bemis’s two-volume work remains the standard John Quincy Adams biography.

Hargreaves, Mary W. M. The Presidency of John Quincy Adams. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1985.

From the American Presidency Series, a series dedicated to providing a consistent, scholarly treatment of each president. Coverage is limited to the years in office.

Adams, John Quincy. Diary of John Quincy Adams. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981-.

The authoritative diary; however, only the first 2 of many volumes have been published.

Adams, John Quincy. Memoirs of John Quincy Adams. Edited by Charles Francis Adams. 12 vols. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippencott, 1874-77.

The best source for the diary until the Harvard edition is complete.

See online bibliography of John Quincy Adams for more information.

George Bancroft (American Historian; Massachusetts Democrat)

Nye, Russel B. George Bancroft: Brahmin Rebel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1944.

The standard biography of Bancroft.

Handlin, Lilian. George Bancroft: The Intellectual as Democrat. New York: Harper & Row, 1984.

A more recent survey of Bancroft as a scholar and a politician.

Thomas Hart Benton (Democratic Statesman)

Smith, Elbert B. Magnificent Missourian: The Life of Thomas Hart Benton. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1957.

More detailed and better documented than Chamber below.

Chamber, William Nisbet. Old Bullion Benton: Senator from the New West: Thomas Hart Benton, 1782-1858. Boston: Little Brown, 1956.

A briefer more "personal"’ biography of Benton.

Benton, Thomas Hart. Thirty Years View: Or, a History of the Workings of the American Government for Thirty Years, from 1820 to 1850. 2 vols. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1854.

Benton’s autobiography.

Nicholas Biddle (Financier; Statesman)

Govan, Thomas Payne. Nicholas Biddle: Nationalist and Public Banker, 1786-1844. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959.

A personal and detailed biography based on Biddle’s manuscripts.

Taylor, George Rogers. Jackson vs. Biddle’s Bank: The Struggle over the Second Bank of the United States. 2d ed. Lexington, Mass.: Heath, 1972.

Focuses more on Biddle’s life in politics and the bank issue in particular.

Biddle, Nicholas. The Correspondence of Nicholas Biddle Dealing with National Affairs, 1807-1844. Edited by Reginald C. McGrane. 1919. Reprint, Boston: J.S. Canner, 1966.

Includes correspondence concerning the election of 1840, the disagreements between Tyler and the Whigs, the Webster-Ashburton Treaty and the election of 1844.

James Buchanan (Democratic Senator)

Klein, Philip S. President James Buchanan: A Biography. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1962.

The standard "life" of Buchanan.

Binder, Frederick M. James Buchanan and the American Empire. Selinsgrove, Penn.: Susquehanna University Press, 1994.

Focuses on Buchanan’s foreign policy views both before and during his presidency.

Smith, Elbert B. The Presidency of James Buchanan. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1975.

From the American Presidency Series, a series dedicated to providing a consistent, scholarly treatment of each president. Coverage is limited to the years in office.

Buchanan, James. The Works of James Buchanan. 12 vols. Edited by John Bassett Moore. 1908-1911. Reprint, New York: Antiquarian Press, 1960.

See online bibliography of James Buchanan for more information.

Lewis Cass (Diplomat)

Klunder, Willard Carl. Lewis Cass and the Politics of Moderation. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1996.

The definitive biography of Cass.

Henry Clay (Statesman; Whig Leader)

Remini, Robert V. Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union. New York: Norton, 1991.

The new standard Clay biography.

Van Deusen, Glyndon G. The Life of Henry Clay. Boston: Little, Brown, 1937.

The classic Clay biography.

Clay, Henry. Papers of Henry Clay. 11 vols. Edited by James F. Hopkins, et al. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1959-1992.

The authoritative collection of Clay papers.

Caleb Cushing (Massachusetts Representative; Commissioner to China)

Benetz, Margaret Edward, ed. The Cushing Reports: Ambassador Caleb Cushing’s Confidential Diplomatic Reports to the United States Secretary of State, 1843-1844. Salisbury, N.C.: Documentary Publications, 1976.

Includes reports on Mexico, Egypt, the Barbary States, India, and Ceylon.

Fuess, Claude M. The Life of Caleb Cushing. 2 vols. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1923.

Millard Fillmore (13th President of the United States)

Rayback, Robert J. Millard Fillmore: Biography of a President. Buffalo: Buffalo Historical Society, 1959.

Fillmore, Millard. Millard Fillmore Papers. 2 vols. 1907. Reprint, New York: Kraus Reprint, 1970.

Best published source for Fillmore’s papers.

See online bibliography of Millard Fillmore for more information.

Horace Greeley (Editor of New York Tribune)

Van Deusen, Glyndon G. Horace Greeley: Nineteenth-Century Crusader. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1953.

Greeley, Horace. Recollections of a Busy Life, Including Reminiscences of American Politics and Politicians from the Opening of the Missouri Contest to the Downfall of Slavery. 1869. Reprint, Miami: Mnemosyne Publishing Co., 1969.

James Henry Hammond (Governor and Senator from South Carolina)

Faust, Gilpin. James Henry Hammond and the Old South: A Design for Mastery. Boston: Louisiana State University Press, 1982.

Hammond, James Henry. Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond, a Southern Slaveholder. Edited by Carol Bleser. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

William Henry Harrison (Former President)

Cleaves, Freeman. Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Times. New York: Scribner’s, 1939.

The standard biography of Harrison.

Peterson, Norma L. The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. Lawrence, Kans.: University Press of Kansas, 1989.

From the American Presidency Series, a series dedicated to providing a consistent, scholarly treatment of each president. Coverage is limited to the years in office.

Harrison, William Henry. The Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison. 2 vols. Edited by Logan Esarey. 1922. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1975.

Papers only included the period in which Harrison was governor of Indiana.

See online bibliography of William Henry Harrison for more information.

Andrew Johnson (17th President of the United States)

Trefousse, Hans Louis. Andrew Johnson: A Biography. New York: Norton, 1989.

Considered the standard biography of Johnson.

Johnson, Andrew. The Papers of Andrew Johnson. 16 vols. Edited by LeRoy P. Graf and Ralph W. Haskins. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1967-1969.

The authoritative collection of Johnson’s papers.

See online bibliography of Andrew Johnson for more information.

Willie Person Mangum (North Carolina Senator)

Mangum, Willie. P. The Papers of Willie Person Mangum. 5 vols. Edited by Henry T. Shanks. Raleigh, N.C.: State Department of Archives and History, 1950-56.

Louis McLane (Diplomat)

Munroe, John A. Louis McLane: Federalist and Jacksonian. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1973.

Franklin Pierce (14th President of the United States)

Nichols, Roy Franklin. Franklin Pierce: Young Hickory of the Granite Hills. Revised ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1958.

Covers all aspects of Pierce’s life in detail.

See online bibliography of Franklin Pierce for more information.

James K. Polk (11th President of the United States)

Sellers, Charles C. James K. Polk: Jacksonian, 1795-1843. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1957.

Sellers, Charles C. James K. Polk: Continentalist, 1843-1846. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1966.

The standard "life" of Polk. Originally planned as a three-volume work.

Polk, James K. Correspondence of James K. Polk. Edited by Herbert Weaver, et al. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1969-.

The authoritative collection of Polk correspondence. Publication is ongoing. To date, 9 volumes (1817-1845) have been published.

See online bibliography of James K. Polk for more information.

Thomas Ritchie (Journalist; Politician)

Ambler, Charles Henry. Thomas Ritchie: A Study in Virginia Politics. Richmond, Va.: Bell, Book, & Stationary Co., 1913.

William Henry Seward (Prominent Whig)

Van Deusen, Glyndon G. William Henry Seward. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967.

Baker, George E. The Works of William H. Seward. 5 vols. 1853-1884. Reprint, New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1884.

Edward Stanly (North Carolina Representative)

Brown, Norman D. Edward Stanly: Whiggery’s Tarheel "Conqueror." University: University of Alabama Press, 1874.

Roger B. Taney (Chief Justice)

Lewis, Walker. Without Fear or Favor: A Biography of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965.

The standard biography of Taney.

Swisher, Carl Brent. The Taney Period, 1836-1864. New York: Macmillan, 1974.

A detailed survey of Taney’s tenure on the court.

Swisher, Carl B. Roger B. Taney. New York: Macmillan, 1935.

Smith, Charles W., Jr. Roger B. Taney: Jacksonian Jurist. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1936.

Smith and Swisher are two classic surveys of Taney. Swisher’s account covers Taney’s entire life, while Smith’s focuses mainly on Taney’s political and legal theories in the courtroom.

Littleton Waller Tazewell (Virginia Senator and Representative)

Peterson, Norma Lois. Littleton Waller Tazewell. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983.

Beverley Tucker (Author; Professor)

Brugger, Robert J. Beverley Tucker: Heart Over Head in the Old South. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978.

Established political influence through letter writing; corresponded with Tyler and Calhoun often.

Martin Van Buren (Former President)

Niven, John. Martin Van Buren and the Romantic Age of American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Cole, Donald B. Martin Van Buren and the American Political System. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1984.

Cole and Niven are considered the two standard biographies of Van Buren.

Wilson, Major L. The Presidency of Martin Van Buren. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1984.

From the American Presidency Series, a series dedicated to providing a consistent, scholarly treatment of each President of the United States. Coverage is limited to the years in office.

Van Buren, Martin. "The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren," edited by John C. Fitzpatrick, in Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1918. Vol. 2. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920.

See online bibliography of Martin Van Buren for more information.

Robert Walker (Mississippi Senator)

Shenton, James P. Robert Walker: A Politician form Jackson to Lincoln. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961.

Thurlow Weed (Prominent Whig)

Weed, Thurlow. Life of Thurlow Weed, Including His Autobiography and a Memoir. 2 vols. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1884.

Van Deusen, Glyndon G. Thurlow Weed: Wizard of the Lobby. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1947.

Henry A. Wise (Virginia Governor; Close Confidant of Tyler)

Simpson, Craig. A Good Southerner: The Life of Henry A. Wise. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985.

A modern biography that focuses more on Wise and his contributions to Virginia’s political history, than his personal life.

Wise, Barton H. The Life of Henry A. Wise of Virginia, 8196-1876. New York: Macmillan Co., 1899.

The classic biography of Wise.

Silas Wright (New York Senator)

Garraty, John Arthur. Silas Wright. New York: Columbia University Press, 1949.

The standard biography of Wright.

Gillet, Ransom H. The Life and Times of Silas Wright. 2 vols. Albany: The Argus Co., 1874.

The classic biography of Wright.

Recent Publications

Monroe, Dan. The Republican Vision of John Tyler. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2003.

An examination of Tyler’s Republican principles that commanded his political actions.

Walker, Jane C. John Tyler : A President of Many Firsts. Blacksburg, Va: McDonald & Woodward, 2001.

Bibliographies

John Tyler: A Bibliography. Compiled by Harold D. Moser. Westport Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2001.

A Bibliography of William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk. Compiled by John W. Cronin and W. Harvey Wise, Jr. Washington D.C.: Riverford Publishing Company, 1935.

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