Here lie the bones of my old horse, “General,”
Who served his master faithfully for twenty-one years,
And never made a blunder.
Would that his master could say the same!
~ President Tyler’s gravestone epitaph
Can you believe that a president who was born in 1790 has two living grandsons? This was made possible because John Tyler’s second wife, Julia Gardner, was 30 years his junior and his son, Lyon, married Sue Ruffin, a scholar in her own right, 36 years Lyon’s junior.
Both grandsons are in their 80’s and neither one likes their choices for President though neither will vote for Obama. One thinks Newt is “a big jerk” for his treatment of his wives in particular.
John Tyler (March 29, 1790 – January 18, 1862) was the tenth President of the United States. He is famous for annexing Texas in 1845. He was opposed to nationalism and was a strong states’ rights advocate. He joined the south in their quest for secession. During his presidency, he was noted for going against his own Whig Party on some issues and was later ousted by them.
Tyler was a Virginian, descended from English aristocracy. His grandsons maintain the family plantation.
Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born in 1924 to Lyon Gardiner Tyler, the son of the late president.
His brother Harrison Ruffin was born four years later, according to records kept by the Sherwood Forest Plantation Foundation, the home of President Tyler.
This extraordinary feat was possible in part because their father had Lyon and Harrison whilst in his 70s.
Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Sr., after all, was born while the nation fought the Civil War.
His two surviving sons were with his second wife, Sue Ruffin, who was born in 1889.
The widower president John Tyler, who was dubbed ‘His Accidency’ for the unusual manner in which he won the presidency, rose to fame from the ‘Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too’ campaign…Read more: Daily Mail