Antebellum-era president has 21st century grandkids

By Victoria Davis and Alexis Brown with Heather Robinson

John Tyler, who was the 10th U.S. president in the 1840, has grandchildren alive today reported the Huffington Post Thursday. 

A Tyler son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, born in 1853, fathered two children of his own, reported online site Sherwood Forest .  In 1924, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born; followed by Harrison Ruffin Tyler in 1928. Having fathered 15 children throughout the course of his life [1790-1862], Tyler has grandchildren living well into the 21st century.

Put into perspective, Tyler was 63 years old when Lyon Gardiner Tyler was born in 1853. 

The next oldest president with a living grandchild is James Garfield, and he was president 40 years after Tyler.

Born and raised in Charles City County, Va,. Tyler graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he studied law.  After graduating, he worked for a law firm in Richmond.  

As a 21 year-old-man, Tyler earned a seat on the Virginia House of Delegates, which led to his position in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tyler’s political platform was based on the ideals and principles of a Southern planter, and his fight for a more equal America led to his resignation when President Andrew Jackson came into office. 

Tyler served as U.S. president from 1841 to 1845.

He was the first chief executive to ever marry while in office.

The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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