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 Letitia <I>Christian</I> Tyler

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Letitia Christian Tyler

  • Birth 12 Nov 1790
  • Death 10 Sep 1842 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Roxbury, New Kent County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 19597

Presidential First Lady. She was born on the Cedar Grove Plantation, about twenty miles from Richmond, Virginia to a wealthy planter and a politician. After an upperclass education, in 1813 she married John Tyler, who was then a young Virginia lawyer. The couple would go on to have seven children. She remained at home with her children during her husband’s rising political career, and only ventured once to Washington, DC while he was serving as a US Congressman. In 1839 she suffered a stroke that made her an invalid. When her husband ascended to the United States Presidency in April 1841, she moved into the White House, but only came down once during her residency there to attend the wedding of her daughter. In September 1841 she suffered a second stroke, and died in the White House, becoming the first Presidential First Lady to do so. Her remains were interred in cemetery on the plantation of her birth.

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All that is Mortal of
Leticia Tyler
Wife of
John Tyler
President of the United States
lies underneath this
She departed this life
10 Sept. 1842
at the President's House
in the City of Washington
in the 52 year of Her Age.
Her life
was an illustration of
the Christian virtues
and her death the death
of the righteous.





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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 18 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19597
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Letitia Christian Tyler (12 Nov 1790–10 Sep 1842), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19597, citing Cedar Grove Plantation Cemetery, Roxbury, New Kent County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .