President Tyler is said to have “had a great opinion of his physical powers” and to have “admired him intensely. Anonymous, “The Planter’s Pride in his Slaves,” Vol. XXIII, No. 4, April 1915, pp 225-26, William and Mary Quarterly (First Series). This article was probably authored by Lyon Tyler, President of the College of William and Mary and son of President Tyler. The article describes an incident in which Roscius was locked in a barn by an overseer who was dissatisfied with the deference accorded him by Roscius and proposed to whip him to improve his deference. Roscius prevented the whipping by grabing the overseer by the wrists. The overseer the screamed “murder” and those who rushed to help were witness to his humiliation at the hands of a slave. The president reportedly found the incident to be highly amusing and not long thereafter fired the overseer. Roscius was the son of William Short, President Tyler’s head butler. A slave by the name “Roscius” is listed in an 1813 Inventory of slaves belonging to John Tyler