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How Well Do You Know Your Vice Presidents?

Test yourself on our quiz of the famous, infamous and not-so-famous least powerful men in the country

John Tyler, 10th Vice President of the United States (1841)

John Tyler
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This Virginia native was the first to succeed to the Presidency because of the death of the Chief Executive (William Henry Harrison famously died just 31 days after his inauguration). During Tyler’s short-lived term, his support of states’ rights and opposition to nationalism welcomed opposition from both parties. But a tragic event in 1844 on cruise down the Potomac River squandered any hope of his reelection. What is the name of the boat on which he was traveling?

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