Biography of Samuel Tyler
Prominent Persons in Virginia, Biographies

Tyler, Samuel, born in James City county, Virginia. about 1776. nephew of John Tyler, judge of United States district court 1811. He attended William and Mary College. passed the ordinary period of classical study, and entered on the study of the law with an application that in a very short time placed him among the foremost lawyers at the bar. He was elected to the legislature in 1798, and supported the resolutions of 1798-99, which announced the accepted creed in Virginia until the war of 1861. On December 23, 1801, he qualified as a member of the council, and was shortly after sent by James Monroe, the governor, to Washington. to watch the course of the election between Jefferson and Burr. At this time he wrote that Pennsylvania had her courier at hand, and stood ready to send twenty two thousand troops to Washington should the attempt to set aside the lawful President prevail. He advised that in case of extremities, a confederacy should be formed between that state and all south of the Potomac. On Dcember 21. 1803, he qualified as chancellor of the Williamsburg district, an office just vacated by Mann Page. It was said of him that "he combined the energies of an active and masculine mind, with an accurate knowledge of things," which especially became the high office filled by him. He died at Williamsburg, March 28, 1812.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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