Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Historical Facts- John Tyler

I briefly talked about John Tyler once before I think. Anyways, he was president during 1845, born 221 years ago and died 150 years ago. He still has two living grandchildren. Yep, you read that right, two living grandchildren. 

Harrison Ruffin Tyler
Here's how it works: he was born in 1790. Then he became the 10th president in 1841 after William Henry Harrison died. At 63, Tyler had Lyon Gardiner Tyler in 1853 and Lyon had Lyon Gardiner Tyler jr. in 1924 at 71 years old. Four years later Lyron Senior had Harrison Ruffin Tyler at the age of 75. Both Lyon Gardiner Tyler jr. and Harrison Ruffin Tyler are still alive. 

Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. 
John Tyler had two wives, Letita who died in 1842 from a stroke, and Julia Gardiner who was thirty years younger than him. He had eight children by Letita and seven by Julia- more than fifteen in all. His eldest daughter was five years older than her stepmother who married Tyler when she was 23. He had been born when George Washington was president, and his youngest daughter, Mary (born when Tyler was 70), died during Harry Truman's presidency. That's more than 32 presidents and 150 years! 
Julia Gardiner
Another random fact about John Tyler:
Shortly before he died, he join's the Confederates and even elected to their House of Representatives. Because of this, he is the only president who's death is not offically mourned.

John Tyler's Grandchildren Still Alive
Secret Lives of the US Presidents by Cormac O'Brien


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