Presidential Role Model

In Analysis by Michael Rae

On President’s Day weekend, let us commemorate the record of the best president in U.S. history: John Tyler.
A random poll of Americans would draw mostly puzzled looks at the name, but according to Independent Institute Senior Fellow Ivan Eland, in his 2009 ranking of the presidents, Recarving Rushmore, this 10th U.S. president has the strongest record upholding Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty.

On the prosperity front, Tyler vetoed both the attempt to revive the national bank, and a bill to raise tariffs. His efforts for peace included ending “the longest and bloodiest Indian war in U.S. history,” and cutting the number of troops in

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