John Tyler (1790-1862)

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One night in April 1841, John Tyler rose from bed to find out the President of the United States was dead. The news was a big deal because Tyler had been sworn in as William Henry Harrison’s Vice President barely a month before. Harrison, who famously gave the longest inauguration speech in U.S. history to prove his stamina, had succumbed to pneumonia in just thirty days.

John Tyler is the only American president whose party expelled him while he was the president. Tyler had been a life-long Democrat who left his party to become the running mate of William Henry Harrison, a Whig, in 1840. After Tyler became the president, Whigs did not trust him. After he exercised power in ways that Whigs did not approve, they formally expelled him from the party. For the remainder of his presidency, Tyler was, as he himself said, a man “without a party.”

John Tyler fathered more children than any other president so far: eight with his first wife and seven with his second. He was the first president to marry while in office. His first wife, Letitia Christian, died in the White House in 1842. Julia Gardiner became the First Lady on June 26, 1844. Julia, at 24, was 30 years younger than Tyler.


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18 respuestas a John Tyler (1790-1862)

  1. rexval dijo:

    » 30 years younger than Tyler»… my God, what a difference, a girl and a very mature man. This is the Schopenhauer idea about couples and the descendence. Cosima could have been Wagner’s daughter too…

    A Happy New Year for you and your readers.


    • feseto dijo:

      Same to you, Regi. The Tyler marriage was a very happy one, and they would have seven children. Julia was the Jackie Kennedy of her day. She even hired a press agent to ensure favorable publicity.

      • HT dijo:

        Those were the days when men needed a housekeeper, second mother for their children -almost for free – and women were destined to settle to more or less be transferred from the father to a husband. The love was a bonus, and happy probably most often meant the woman was a good ‘employee’ and available when the Master asked for it.
        First marriages were likely not much different except the woman had more change to be the true and first love.

      • feseto dijo:

        You can be married to someone who is the same age, yet still be miserable. At one time or another, some of us seem reluctant to let go of relationships even though they are unfulfilling and toxic.

        Its not a mater of age, its a matter of what common ground you both have, same values, same hopes, sames dreams, have fun together, respect each other?

    • HT dijo:

      Happy New Year Mr Rexval and Feseto.

  2. HT dijo:

    Age is not my issue, love is timeless. But today, and yesterday, age is often used as status symbol among men AND women.
    Personally I only know who I like, so age is no issue.
    Ripe fruits can be delicious. You know how they turned out, sweet 🍒 or sour🍋😆..

    • feseto dijo:

      Men are attracted to women who advertise signs of fertility -that is, youth. Contrarily, women are drawn to older men since they typically have greater resources.

      • HT dijo:

        That is popular science by a select group of men who benefit from that. Women with not much to say about their own destiny did not provide that information to the media.

      • HT dijo:

        Youth is not a foolproof indicator of fertility by the way. Looks can be misleading, and also the age. Especially today. And a majority of older men is not more wealthy especially if they are already supporting a woman with children from their time of youth.
        I reject popular science like you mention since it does not reflect the people with an age difference who married for love.
        Age stereo types are tool of trade for marketers selling age related products, and then it is a tool for politicians to scare women into marriage with probably themselves since they are filling pockets and getting more wealthy by the year.
        It is more a social issue than it is a true biological one. In the stone age males approached females from behind. Youth and fertility can even more misleading that way.

      • feseto dijo:

        When I was 18 I was seeing a woman who was 34 It only lasted a year. but it was good while it lasted

  3. HT dijo:

    Experience comes with years. Anyway, the years come 😉 the way we see them fit.

    Just curious, if it was good, why didn’t it last?!

  4. HT dijo:

    Who is who I figured out a long time ago. Everything else is not worth mentioning. The true Miss Who can ask me anything, I understand she loves me and I see her love every day, so a bit of wonder about me is a great way for me to show her how much I love her, and the only good time is now and for always to come.

    Bless you my friend. Have a lovely day.

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