John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States of America, was born in 1790, and died in 1862 at nearly 72 years old. He was married twice and had seven children with each wife – fourteen children all in all! It is not surprising that he has descendants that live today – but you would expect them to be his great-great-grandchildren. In fact, two of his grandsons are still alive today – yes, that’s right, their father was John Tyler’s son! How is that possible?
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Tyler’s first wife, Letitia Christian, died in 1842. Tyler was 52 years old, but he was certainly not done having children! He married Julia Gardiner, thirty years younger than him, and her fifth child, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, was born in 1853.
Lyon kept the family tradition of fathering children late in life – his first son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr., was born in 1924 (Lyon being 71 years old at the time), his second son, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, in 1928.
Lyon died when his youngest son was only seven years old, in 1935. And both his sons are still alive today, being 93 and 89 years old respectively. Impressive, isn’t it? Share this post with your friends!