A Short History of the Vice Presidency
By Reed Tucker
John Tyler (Whig)
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JOHN TYLER (WHIG), 1841
BOSS: William Henry Harrison
POWER INDEX: A 19th-century James Bond villain
ACHIEVEMENTS: Successfully argued that he should become president after his boss died not just "acting president" as many interpreted the Constitution.
VP WISDOM: "I can never consent to being dictated to as to what I shall do or not do."