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John Tyler
Birth: Mar. 29, 1790
Charles City County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 1862
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA

Tenth President of the United States. John Tyler was born at Greenway plantation in Charles City County, Virginia. His mother died when he was 7 and he was raised by his father, a judge. He graduated from William and Mary then studied law with his father. He was elected to almost every office open to a professional politician: He sat in the Virginia House of Delegates, the United States House of Representatives, governor of Virginia, the United States Senate and after leaving the Democratic Party to run in the Whig Party as William Henry Harrison's running mate, he became the Vice President and in almost a blink of the eye with the death of the newly elected President became the Chief Executive. Upon occupying the White House, his wife Letitia was a near-invalid and was dead within a year. John Tyler quickly took as his new bride Julia Gardiner. His four year term was a shambles, sparring with Kentucky Senator Henry Clay over Banking issues, and then thrown out of the Whig Party. His entire Cabinet resigned. Realizing re-election was virtually impossible, he did not seek a second term. His Presidency however produced some historic events: The annexation of Texas, a reorganized Navy, The ending of the Seminole war and the signing of a treaty with China. Upon leaving the Whitehouse, Tyler and his second wife spent the rest of his years at Sherwood Forest, his plantation on the James River below Richmond. He owned about 70 slaves who worked the corn and wheat fields on the sprawling estate. Tyler became an outspoken secessionist and was elected to the House of Representatives of the Confederate Provisional Congress. With the war raging, he was giving a speech in front of the Exchange Hotel when he suffered a stroke and was taken to a room where he died at the age of 71. His body lay in state in the Confederate Congress wrapped in a Confederate flag. His funeral was held in St. Paul's Episcopal Church and a large procession of carriages including Confederate President Jefferson Davis escorted his remains to Hollywood Cemetery where he was buried. Many physical preserved structures remain from the life of President John Tyler: The home where he was born at Greenway Plantation is still standing but privately owned. Sherwood Forest, the plantation where John Tyler lived with both wives, has been carefully preserved and maintained and although still owned by his descendents is open to tourists. The Sherwood Forest Pet Cemetery: Tyler family pets have been interred here since its founding, most notably his horse The General. This burial ground has been in continued use since its onset and the practice continues to this day by Tyler descendents. Probably his greatest legacy: He was a busy man, fathering fifteen children; eight by his first wife, seven by his second wife. His youngest child was born when he was 70. Descendents are still everywhere and even President Harry S. Truman was able to trace his ancestry to the former President, though this has been disputed. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Tyler (1747 - 1813)
 
 Spouses:
  Letitia Tyler (1790 - 1842)
  Julia Gardiner Tyler (1820 - 1889)
 
 Children:
  Mary Tyler Jones (1815 - 1847)*
  Robert Tyler (1816 - 1877)*
  John Tyler (1819 - 1896)*
  Letitia Tyler Semple (1821 - 1907)*
  Elizabeth Tyler Waller (1823 - 1850)*
  Anna Contesse Tyler (1825 - 1825)*
  Alice Tyler Denison (1828 - 1854)*
  Tazewell Tyler (1830 - 1874)*
  David Gardiner Tyler (1846 - 1927)*
  John Alexander Tyler (1848 - 1883)*
  Julia Gardner Tyler Spencer (1849 - 1871)*
  Lachlan Tyler (1851 - 1902)*
  Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853 - 1935)*
  Robert Fitzwalter Tyler (1856 - 1927)*
  Pearl Tyler Ellis (1860 - 1947)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martha Jefferson Tyler Waggaman (1782 - 1855)*
  John Tyler (1790 - 1862)
  Christiana Booth Tyler Curtis (1795 - 1842)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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-Anonymous
 Added: Apr. 14, 2014
REST IN PEACE MR. PRESIDENT...
- MIKE ROUW
 Added: Apr. 11, 2014

- David Wend
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