Friday, January 27, 2012

John Tyler's Living Granchildren

The Huffington Post reports,
Try to do the math on this: John Tyler, born in 1790, became the 10th president of the United States, taking office in 1841 after the death of William Henry Harrison. And two of his grandchildren are still alive!

Of course, not much from Tyler's time is still around. In the year of his birth, President George Washington gave the first State of the Union address and Thomas Jefferson served as his secretary of state.

In Europe, a young upstart 2nd lieutenant named Napoleon Bonaparte was making a name for himself in the French Revolution.

And in the realm of technological innovation, one of the most successful innovators of that age, Harvey Kennedy, invented the shoelace.

In Tyler's life between 1790 and 1862, he fathered 15 children, and two of his grandsons are still living.

With 15 children under his belt, Tyler became the most prolific American president, according to his genealogy.

Apparently, one of Tyler's children, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, born in 1853, fathered Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. in 1924 as well as Harrison Ruffin Tyler in 1928.
How cool is that?  This would be like someone born in 1990 having grandchildren who lived into the 23rd Century, when they would be contemporaries of Captain Kirk's parents.  This sort of generational link is amazing but that the fact that it begins with our tenth President makes it even cooler.


  1. Saw this on Yahoo news a little while ago. I saw it as interesting, but not really unusual. My paternal grandfather George W. Troup was born 22 Feb 1864 (which out to give you a clue as to what the W stands for) in Maryland. Also he had 15 children of which my dad was the youngest. I am 56 & have a sister &, I think, a couple 1st cousins younger than me. (With such a huge family I don't know all of them, but think there were 1 or 2 younger.) So while not quite so far back, my family still has a pretty good span.

  2. A good span indeed. Does W stand for Washington?

  3. BING, BING, BING, BING!!!!!!!! We have a winner.

    Now let's see if you can guess why his last name is spelled slightly different than mine.

    Besides having George Washington for my grandfather, my mother's brother was named Samuel so I had an Uncle Sam as well. :)