|President John Tyler|
One former president president isn't a well-known historical figure; he's probably best remembered
for helping to push through the annexation of Texas in 1845, shortly before leaving office. Who was this President? It was our 10th President John Tyler, born March 28, 1790 - almost 225 years ago and he still has two living grandchildren.
Tyler was William Henry Harrison’s Whig running mate in the 1840 election, which spawned one of the most famous campaign slogans in American history, “Tippecanoe and Tyler too.” On his 32nd day in office, Harrison died of complications from pneumonia. Tyler was then the first vice president to become president due to the death of his predecessor, serving from 1841-1845.
Tyler also has the distinction of becoming the first president to get married while in office — after his first wife died in 1842, Tyler married Julia Gardiner, who was 30 years younger than him, in 1844.
So, how is it possible that a former president who died 150 years ago would still have direct descendants alive today? As it turns out, the Tyler men were known for fathering children late in life. And that math is pretty outstanding when added up.
Tyler fathered Lyon Gardiner Tyler in 1853, at age 63. Then, at the
age of 71, Lyon Gardiner Tyler
fathered Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. in 1924 and four years later at age 75,
Harrison Ruffin Tyler. Both men are still alive today.
|Lyon Tyler (r) and grandfather President John Tyler (l)|
That means just three generations of the Tyler family are spread out over more than 200 years.