Tyler subsequently revived his interest in national politics in 1827 when he took a seat in the U.S. Senate. He then went on to serve in the Senate until 1836, when he announced his retirement, saying, “By the surrender of the high station to which I was called by the voice of the people of Virginia, I shall set an example to my children which shall teach them to regard as nothing place and office, when either is to be attained or held at the sacrifice of honor.”
But Tyler’s retirement was to be but a short-lived affair. You see, later on in 1836 Tyler stood as a candidate for Vice President on the Virginia Whigs ticket. The presidential candidate was Willie Person Mangum. In the event, however, Martin Van Buren claimed the presidency, with Richard Mentor Johnson alongside as Vice President.