John Tyler, 10th President of the United State of America………. a most remarkable man, in many ways….
John Tyler (March 29, 1790 – January 18, 1862) was the tenth President of the United States (1841–1845). A native of Virginia, Tyler served as a state legislator, governor, U.S. representative, and U.S. senator before being elected Vice President in 1840. He was the first to succeed to the office of President on the death of the incumbent, succeeding William Henry Harrison. Tyler’s opposition to federalism and emphatic support of states’ rights endeared him to his fellow Virginians but alienated him from most of the political allies that brought him to power in Washington. His presidency was crippled by opposition from both parties, and near the end of his life he would side with the South in its secession from the United States.
He fathered more children than any other president in history; 15, by two wives….. his last one in 1864, at the ripe age of 74! Now of these children, his son Lyon Gardner Tyler, had 2 sons; both of whom are still alive! Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr., was born in 1924, and Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928.
So that means, if you were lucky enough to shake one of these mens hands… you would have shaken the hand of the grandchild, of a man born in the 1700s…and made President in 1841!…. This is a mere two generations apart… now that to me is a tangible link to history.