Apr 11, 2009

You'll Never Believe This

Random question: what is the earliest serving President of the United States to still have grandchildren living?

It is certainly random. But it is also amazing.

I asked friends this question, and the responses I got were Theodore Roosevelt and Chester Arthur. Nope, I said. I asked my dad, and he said James Polk. Close, but no cigar. It is, in fact, the 10th President of the United States, John Tyler (1841-1845).

How could that be?

Well, John Tyler married his second wife, Julia Gardiner Tyler in 1844. They had a son in 1853. The son had two sons from his second wife, one born in 1924 and one in 1928.

Harrison Tyler is still alive, working at Virginia Tech, and running his grandfather's estate (image below). go figure.

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