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Tyler fathered 15 children, more than any other American president. He had eight children with his first wife; after her death he married a much younger woman and had seven more children. His fifteenth child was born in 1860, the year Tyler turned 70.
Tyler's 13th child, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr. (1853–1935), had three children with his first wife. After her death in 1921 he married a woman 35 years his junior and had three more children, one of whom died in infancy. The other two children were Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. (born 1925) and Harrison Ruffin Tyler (born 1928).
Lyon Tyler Jr. died on September 26, 2020, and is survived by his brother Harrison Tyler. This makes John Tyler the earliest former president with living grandchildren.
One more thing about John Tyler, per Wikipedia: "In December 1841, Tyler was attacked by abolitionist publisher Joshua Leavitt, with the unsubstantiated allegation that Tyler had fathered several sons with his slaves, and later sold them. A number of African American families today maintain a belief in their descent from Tyler, but there is no evidence of such genealogy."
Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr.
1925 - 2020
TYLER, Lyon Gardiner, Jr., age 95, of Franklin, Tenn., died September 26, 2020. His beloved wife of 43 years, Lucy Jane Pope Tyler, preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Selina Pope Tyler; his brother, Harrison Ruffin Tyler of Richmond, Va.; his niece, Julia Gardiner Tyler Samaniego of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; his nephew, Harrison Ruffin Tyler Jr. and wife, Cathy, of Alexandria; and his nephew, William Bouknight Tyler and wife, Kay, of Richmond; as well as eight great-nieces and nephews. Lyon was born in Richmond, Va., to Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr. and Susan Ruffin Tyler on January 3, 1925, and lived his youth in Charles City County, Va., and grandson of 10th U.S. President John Tyler. He graduated from St. Christopher's School ('41) and entered The College of William and Mary at age 16, where he was President of the Student Body, a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and graduated in 1947. His formal education was interrupted in 1942 due to World War II, where he served as a Naval officer in the Pacific. After the war, he served in the Naval Intelligence Reserve and retired with the rank of Commander. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia ('49), served as a law clerk to a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, practiced Virginia law and was elected Commonwealth's Attorney for Charles City County. In 1960, he became the Assistant Director of the Virginia Civil War Centennial Commission, hoping to unite the country rather than further divide it, which led him to earn his doctorate in history from Duke University. He embarked on a teaching career at Virginia Military Institute, where he re-designed the VMI Museum, followed by The Citadel for over 20 years, establishing a Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship for cadets. In 2000, he and his family moved to his wife's family farm in Franklin, Tenn., where he was an active member in many organizations including St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. Funeral services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at Westover Episcopal Church in Charles City, Va. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Franklin, Tenn. Both services will be live streamed and recorded via the respective church's websites. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ for All Nations, P.O. Box 590588, Orlando, Fla. 32859-0588 or cfan.org/donate.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Oct. 2, 2020.
A life well lived. My deepest sympathy to the Tyler family, from a descendant of another presidential family.
- Peter J Talbot
4th great grandson of John Adams
Peter J Talbot
October 4, 2020