Tag Archives: John Tyler

1861: A Year of Six Presidents

Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 set many precedents. Presidential Precedents. Abraham Lincoln was a President of many firsts: The first POTUS born west of the Appalachian Mountains (KY); the elected first from Illinois; the first elected by popular plurality in … Continue reading

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John Tyler Woos MRS. Gardiner

Mr. and Mrs. Tyler 1: On his twenty-third birthday, John Tyler (1790-1861) married Miss Letitia Christian, the daughter of a wealthy pedigreed Virginia family. The courtship was traditional, the marriage bore fruit: eight little Tyler’s made an appearance, seven living … Continue reading

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Julia Tyler’s Premonition

Julia Gardiner Tyler spent only seven months as First Lady; then she went to live in Virginia. JGT: The Young Wife Julia Gardiner (1820-1889) was only 24 when she married sitting President John Tyler, a recent widower.  At 54, Tyler … Continue reading

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William R. King: The VEEP Who Never Was

The office of Vice President was merely an afterthought to our Constitution’s founders. It was so insignificant that for nearly 39 years(!), the office remained empty. The Early VEEPS For the first twelve years of the USA being the USA, … Continue reading

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President John Tyler Elopes!

John Tyler was a man of Firsts.  The First Vice President-to-President, the First President to remarry, and the President with the most children – fourteen. The President John Tyler became President in April, 1841, only one month after William Henry … Continue reading

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Julia Tyler: Fashionista

About five years before becoming a First Lady, a nineteen-year-old Julia Gardiner was featured in an actual advertising promotion. Miss Julia Gardiner Julia Gardiner was pretty, socially prominent, and very very rich.  Her father, Senator David Gardiner, was a “Gardiner … Continue reading

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The Vice Presidency, A Peculiar Institution

The office of the Vice President of the United States, until the mid-twentieth century, could be summed as perfectly respectable with a dose of public ridicule. Vice Presidential Impressions According to the Constitution, the Vice President’s only proscribed duty is … Continue reading

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