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Today in history: A close call for President John Tyler
President John Tyler escaped death. Two of his cabinet members weren't as lucky.
John Tyler, the 10th president of the U.S., nearly lost his life on a cruise.
John Tyler, the 10th president of the U.S., nearly lost his life on a cruise. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Feb. 28, 1844: During a pleasure cruise along the Potomac River on the USS Princeton, a cannon blew during a demonstration, killing several people, including two members of Tyler's cabinet: Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur and Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer. The daughter of one victim later became Tyler's wife. Julia Gardiner was 34 years younger than the president.

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"Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality." —John Tyler

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