John Tyler

Political Offices

What were his next political positions?

Tyler returned to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1823 and then became the governor of Virginia in 1825. After this, he successfully challenged incumbent John Randolph for a position in the U.S. Senate. Randolph was a controversial figure in part because he engaged in some unusual behavior, such as dressing and undressing in the Senate chamber. He also fought a duel with Henry Clay. Tyler narrowly defeated Randolph by five votes in the state legislature.


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