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The Past Isn’t Even Past: President John Tyler, Born in 1790, Still Has 2 Living Grandsons

As of March 2018, Tyler, our 1oth President,  has two living grandsons through his son Lyon Gardiner Tyler, making him the earliest former president with living grandchildren. Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born in 1924, and Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928. Lyon Tyler Jr. resides in Franklin, Tennessee, and Harrison Tyler maintains the family home, Sherwood Forest Plantation, in Charles City County, Virginia.   – Wikipedia

Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born in 1924. Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928. They are the sons of Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr., one of President Tyler’s 15 children. “Both my grandfather — the president — and my father, were married twice. And they had children by their first wives. And their first wives died, and they married again and had more children. And my father was 75 when I was born, his father was 63 when he was born,” Harrison Tyler explained to New York Magazine in 2012. | U.S. News | US News

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  • Cletus Socrates August 30, 2018, 5:23 PM

    Dang, and I thought I had it going on with grandparents born in 1880’s & 1890’s

  • Waidmann August 31, 2018, 7:54 AM

    Young women marrying “older” men wasn’t (and perhaps still isn’t) that unusual in the deep south. It was barely ten years ago that the last Confederate soldier’s widow died. Alberta Martin married William Jasper Martin, a veteran of the 4th Alabama Infantry, in 1927. She was 21 and Martin was 81. William Jasper Martin died in 1931. Two months after Martin’s death, Alberta Martin married Charlie Martin, her late husband’s grandson from a much earlier marriage. Alberta and Charlie Martin were married for more than fifty years until his death in 1983. It’s not that surprising that there are still grandchildren around from a man born in 1790.

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