John Tyler
10th President of the United States

(1841 - 1845)
Vice President: None

President: John Tyler

Wife: Letitia Chrisitan (1790-1842), on March 29, 1813; Julia Gardiner (1820-1889), on June 26, 1844

Kids: Mary Tyler (1815-48); Robert Tyler (1816-77); John Tyler (1819-96); Letitia Tyler (1821-1907); Elizabeth Tyler (1823-50); Anne Contesse Tyler (1825); Alice Tyler (1827-54); Tazewell Tyler (1830-74); David Gardiner Tyler (1846-1927); John Alexander Tyler (1848-83); Julia Gardiner Tyler (1849-71); Lachlan Tyler (1851-1902); Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853-1935); Robert Fitzwalter Tyler (1856-1927); Pearl Tyler (1860-1947)

Pets: a greyhound; a horse named The Genera

Bio: John Tyler, (1790-1862), was the 10th President Of The United States. Like his predecessor, John Tyler was born in Charles City county, Virginia, on March 29, 1790. He was the son of John Tyler, governor of Virginia from 1808 to 1811. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1807. He then studied law and in 1809 was admitted to the bar. Two years later, at the age of 21, he was elected to the Virginia legislature. Tyler married Letitia Christian on March 29, 1813, and they went on to have 8 children together.

Thus began a long political career, which included such posts as state legislator, US Congressman, and governor of Virginia in the mid 20’s. He was a slave owner and opposed interference with slavery by the federal government. Soon, he was being noticed by the Whig party and got the nomination for vice president to Harrison, winning the election. When Harrison died after only a month in office, Tyler, on April 6, 1841, became the President. Two years after the death of his first wife, Tyler married Julia Gardiner on June 26, 1844, becoming the first president to marry while in office. They had seven children.

Perhaps because he was not duly elected as President, he faced strong opposition by those who wanted certain bills to pass that he was vetoing. All but one of the cabinet members resigned in order to try and force him to resign. But he did not flinch. He suspected this would happen and named a new cabinet within 2 days. His affairs continued to be tumultuous, however, and he was the first president to experience an override by the Congress of a bill he had vetoed.

Tyler retired to his Virginia plantation in 1845. He died in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 18, 1862.

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