May 14, 2014 by Lorene
Tyler vetoed so much legislation brought forth by Henry Clay and his supporters that they attempted to block all of his legislation that session. This Congress was in session longer than any other but accomplished very little and was called the “do-nothing Congress.”
Tyler invited Washington Irving and Charles Dickens to a White House reception in 1842. Dickens was impressed with Tyler, writing that Tyler overall carried himself well considering the battles he was fighting as President.
Among his accomplishments as President were negotiating with Great Britain on the border with Canada and opening trade with China for the first time.