Revealed: The grandsons of TENTH president John Tyler are still alive... born 155 YEARS after their grandfather
- A pair of grandsons belonging to former President John Tyler are still alive
- Three generations of Tylers span over a 227 year period
- Lyon Tyler Sr. remarried in his 70s and had two sons in 1920s
- Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born when his father was 75
- Lyon Sr. would have Harrison four years later at the age of 79
- President John Tyler was the first commander-in-chief to have his veto overridden by Congress
More than 150 years after the death of their grandfather, a pair of grandson's belonging to the 10th President of the United States John Tyler are still alive.
They are both the son's of of Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr., the president’s fourth son.
To put that in perspective, that means three generations of Tyler men have managed to span 227 years and counting.
The patriarch: US president John Tyler, who was born in 1790, has two living grandsons
'Both my grandfather — the president — and my father, were married twice,' Harrison Ruffin Tyler, born in 1928, told New York Magazine in an interview.
'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.'
Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born in 1924 to Lyon Gardiner Tyler, the son of the late president and still lives in Tennessee.
John Tyler, born in 1790, grew up on a Virginia plantation, became a lawyer, and went on to become the nation's tenth president after the death of his predecessor, William Henry Harrison in 1841.
Grandsons of a president: Harrison Ruffin Tyler, left, and his brother Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr., call the tenth president of the United States their grandfather
His first wife, Letitia Christian Tyler, died a year later while he was in office.
The widower president, who was dubbed ‘His Accidency’ for the unusual manner in which he won the presidency, rose to fame from the ‘Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too’ campaign.
Tyler's presidency is mostly remembered as being utterly unremarkable. Tyler, however, was the first president to have his veto overridden by congress.
Extended family tree: Both President Tyler and his son Lyon were married twice - their second wives, both much younger than their husbands, help explain the incredible time gap
The middle man: Lyon Tyler, Sr., was born in 1853, remarried in 1923, and had two sons within the next five years
Tyler, who presided over the office during a time of bitter national divide, would later side with the confederacy during the Civil War.
But the Tyler grandchildren still like to remind Americans of some of the positives things he did during his presidency.
'He’s been maligned in some ways, because he was elected to the Confederate Congress, so people say he’s a traitor,' Harrison said.
'But actually, he should be known for his efforts as the organizer of the Peace Conference in Washington in 1861. He tried to get the uncommitted states to all agree on a program, and then get the other states to join in, and get everybody back together.'
Tyler married Julia Gardiner, a woman from a wealthy Long Island family, on July 23, 1844, towards the tail-end of his one-term presidency.
She was 30 years his junior at 24. He was also the first president to marry while holding office.
The couple had seven children, added to eight more from President Tyler’s first marriage, making his the most prolific family to inhabit the White House.
Lyon, Sr. had six children, according to his son’s biography. His son followed in his father’s footsteps and became an attorney, practicing law in Tennessee.
His two surviving sons were with his second wife, Sue Ruffin, who was born in 1889.
Loving wife and mother: First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler married the president at only 24, though he was 30 years her senior
Harrison, meanwhile, has led several historical tours, and was the keynote speaker for the 250th Jubilee of the colonial settlement of Jamestown.
The three generations have seen a multitude of change. In 1842, the word ‘dinosaur’ was coined and three years later, Charles Darwin published Voyage of the Beagle.
In Lyon Tyler's era, Theodore Roosevelt held office, the United Postal Service was founded, and a stone was laid to begin construction of the Washington National Cathedral.
His grandsons have seen the advent of airplanes, television, and the internet.