What nickname did Pres. John Tyler get from his detractors?

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a. His Accidency

Tyler was born on Mar. 29, 1790.

He was the first Vice President to take over upon the death of a President.  Having never been elected in his own right, his detractors questioned his legitimacy.  Despite their objections, Tyler's interpretation of his Constitutional duties set a precedent for other Vice Presidents to follow.

Any lingering ambiguity about the transfer of presidential power was removed with the passage of the 25th Amendment in 1967.

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