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10 - John Tyler

Personal Statistics:

Birth Date: March 29, 1790

Birthplace: Greenway, family plantation on the James River, Charles City County, Virginia

Father: John Tyler (1747-1813)

Mother: Mary Armistead (1761-1797)

Height at Prime: Just over 6 feet

Physical Description: Blue eyes, fine wavy brown hair, large ears, thin lips, prominent forehead, large Roman nose

Religion: Episcopalian

1st Wife: Letitia Christian (November 12, 1790 – September 10, 1842)

1st Marriage Date: March 29, 1813

1st Marriage Place: Cedar Grove (home of the bride’s family), New Kent County, Virginia

Children:

-- Mary Tyler Jones (April 15, 1815 – June 17, 1847)

-- Robert Tyler (September 9, 1816 – December 3, 1877)

-- John Tyler Jr. (April 17, 1819 – January 26, 1896)

-- Letitia Tyler Semple (May 11, 1821 – December 28, 1907)

-- Elizabeth Tyler Waller (July 11, 1823 – June 1, 1850)

-- Anne Contesse Tyler (April 1825 – July 1825)

-- Alice Tyler Denison (March 23, 1827 – June 8, 1854)

-- Tazewell Tyler (December 6, 1830 – January 8, 1874)

2nd Wife: Julia Gardiner

2nd Marriage Date: June 26, 1844

2nd Marriage Place: Church of the Ascension, New York City, New York

Children:

-- David Gardiner Tyler (July 12, 1846 – September 5, 1927)

-- John Alexander Tyler (April 7, 1848 – September 1, 1883)

-- Julia Gardiner Tyler Spencer (December 25, 1849 – May 8, 1871)

-- Lachlan Tyler (December 2, 1851 – January 26, 1902)

-- Lyon Gardiner Tyler (August 24, 1853 – February 12, 1935)

-- Robert Fitzwalter Tyler (March 12, 1856 – December 30, 1927)

-- Pearl Tyler Ellis (June 20, 1860 – June 30, 1947)

Death Date: January 18, 1862

Place of Death: Exchange Hotel, Richmond, Virginia

Cause of Death: Bilious fever with respiratory failure (bronchitis and liver dysfunction)

Final Words: “Perhaps it is best.”

Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

Professional Statistics:

Member of Virginia House of Delegates (1811-1816)

U.S. Representative (1816-1821)

Member of Virginia House of Delegates (1823-1825)

Governor of Virginia (1825-1827)

U.S. Senator (1827-1836)

Member of Virginia House of Delegates (1838-1840)

Vice President (1841)

10th President of the United States (1841-1845)

Political Party: Whig

Events During Presidency:

Right of Succession (acting president or president with full powers)

The Bank Issue and Mass Cabinet Resignation (1841)

Preemption Act (1841)

Webster-Ashburton Treaty (1842)

USS Princeton Explosion on the Potomac (1844)

Treaty of Wanghia (1844)

Annexation of Texas (1845)

Florida admitted to the Union (1845)


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