1788, June 2-27: John Tyler Sr. and Spencer Roane served together in the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1788. Both argued against the Constitution as drafted.
“John Marshall indicated the conclusion of most Federalists when he said, “I think the virtue and talents of the members of the general government will tend to the security, instead of the destruction, of our liberties.” Bailyn has demonstrated that fear of power was central to Country ideology. The Country-men’s discussion of power focused on its “essential characteristic of aggressiveness; its endlessly propulsive tendency to expand. . . beyond legitimate boundaries.” The tradition was carried on by Antifederalist John Tyler: “When I consider the constitution in all its parts, I cannot but dread its operation. It contains a variety of powers too dangerous to be vested in any set of men whatsoever.”
– The Ideology of Court and Country in the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1788
Author(s): J. Thomas WrenSource: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 93, No. 4 (Oct., 1985), pp. 389-408. Published by: Virginia Historical Society; Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4248841. Accessed: 19/12/2010
To sum up: John Tyler Sr. argued alongside Roane for states rights against John Marshall in 1788; a few decades later, his son John Tyler Jr. argued for states rights in the run-up to Civil War.