John Tyler


What significant treaty was signed in 1842 during the first full year of Tyler’s presidency?

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was a significant diplomatic achievement that significantly reduced conflict between Great Britain and the United States. The nub of the treaty was the working out of an agreed-upon border between the state of Maine and the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The treaty was named after Secretary of State Daniel Webster and British diplomat Alexander Baring known as Lord Ashbur-ton. Fortunately for the United States, Ashburton had a personal interest in bringing peace to the northeast region, as he owned a significant chunk of land in Maine and did not want to see full-blown conflict in the area.


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