Nugget of Knowledge: President John Tyler’s grandchildren are still living

Former President John Tyler wasn't honored when he died due to confederate ties

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – John Tyler was president from 1841 to 1845. He was born in 1790 and died in 1862. So, how is it possible that he has two surviving grandsons?

Tyler was married twice — his first wife died, his second wife was 30 years younger — and one of his last children, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Sr., was born in 1853 when the former president was 63 years old.

Tyler, Sr. also married twice and had children very late in life. After marrying Sue Ruffin, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr. was born in 1925. Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928.

So, there are three generations that span over 227 years, so far.

When presidents die today it’s a big deal, it’s always been important, but Former President John Tyler was the only president not officially recognized when he died in 1862.

He died during the Civil War and was a southerner and member of the Confederate Congress. He was buried in Richmond, Virginia under a Confederate flag — the only American president buried that way.

When told of Tyler’s death, President Abraham Lincoln said, “Ignore him, he’s a rebel. We’ll keep the flag flying at full staff. Good riddance.”

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