Key Dates

1807 John Tyler graduates from the College of William and Mary.

1816 Tyler is elected to U.S. House of Representatives.

1825 Tyler becomes governor of Virginia.

1827 John becomes a U.S. Senator.

1840 John Tyler is elected Vice President.

1841 President Harrison dies and Tyler becomes President.

1862 John Tyler dies.


John Tyler
1841 - 1845
Tenth President

John Tyler was born in Charles City County, Virginia on March 29, 1790.. He was one of seven Presidents from Virginia.

John attended William and Mary College.

Tyler served in the military during the War of 1812.

President John Tyler was a member of the Whig Party.

He was on his knees playing marbles when informed that he had become president upon the death of Harrison.

He had 15 children. The most of any President.

President Tyler was never elected President.

John Tyler didn't have a Vice President. He had been William Henry Harrison's VP, and the position was not filled when Tyler assumed the presidency. He was the first Vice President to replace a President due to death.

John Tyler was the first President whose wife died while he was holding the office of the President.

Tyler was the first president to marry while in office. No U.S. president had more children. With 2 wives, Tyler had15 children.

John was the first President to get married on his birthday.

President Tyler
John Tyler.
Library of Congress

His family had two Italian wolfhounds and a greyhound dog during the time they lived in the White House.

President Tyler was the first president to have his veto overridden by Congress (March 3, 1845).

John Tyler was President during Second Seminole War - ended 1842

Tyler's second wife started the tradition of having "Hail to the Chief" played when he appeared at state functions.

He joined the Confederacy when the Civil War started. Tyler was elected to the Confederate House of Representatives. He is the only President elected to the congress of another country. He died before he took the office.

John Tyler died in 1862 and was buried in Richmond, Virginia. He was pointedly ignored by the federal government as a sworn enemy of the U.S. He was 71 years and 295 days old. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetary in Richmond, VA.

"Because the State of Virginia was part of the Confederate States of America at the time of his passing in 1862, John Tyler could be considered the only President not only to have died outside U. S. soil, but also to have been buried there. Additionally, Tyler was the only U.S. President to have a Confederate flag draped over his coffin."
From Wikipedia

John Tyler's Grave

John Tyler's grave
By Remember

Quick Notes

10th President

Born: Charles City County, Va. March 29, 1790

Party: Whig

Died: Richmond Va, Jan. 18, 1862, age 71



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