Millercenter.org’s summary of speech:
“After the death of President William Henry Harrison, Vice President John Tyler assumes the presidency. He is the first ever to do so, setting the precedent for presidential succession”
Thoughts on Transcript:
President Tyler is the first to take office following the death or resignation of a sitting president. Rather than an Inaugural Address, he instead has a statement delivered to Congress where he acknowledges the oddity of the situation and promises to carry forth the ideals of the man who had been elected president.
There really isn’t much new here that hasn’t been said: Re-affirmation of neutrality in foreign affairs, use of the military for defense, and danger of concentrating power in government are all topics explored at length with previous addresses. A couple of topics that are interesting: Patronage (something that Jackson decried) and the growing corps of government jobs bestowed upon supporters; and the danger of having both the treasury and military under the same branch of government. Tyler promises to remove those people from government who are inadequate for their jobs, or who actively criticize his policies or partake in partisanship.