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John Tyler Biography and Facts For Kids


John Tyler, Jr. was the tenth President of the United States and the first to succeed to the office following the death of a predecessor. A longtime Democratic-Republican, Tyler was nonetheless elected Vice President on the Whig ticket. Upon the death of President William Henry Harrison on April 4, 1841, only a month after his inauguration. took the oath of office on April 6, 1841, setting a precedent that would govern future successions and eventually be codified in the Twenty-fifth Amendment. As President, he was noted for securing the annexation of Texas and advocating states’ rights. His alliance with Southern Democrats on this issue helped to accentuate the divide between North and South in the years leading up to the American Civil War.

Fun Facts and Trivia About John Tyler

When was President John Tyler born: March 29, 1790
Where was John Tyler born: Greenway, Va.
Where did John Tyler go to college: William and Mary
What was John Tyler’s occupation: Lawyer
Who was John Tyler’s wife: Letitia Christian Tyler was his first wife and Julia Gardiner Tyler was his second wife
What number president was John Tyler: 10th
What political party did John Tyler belong to: Whig
When was John Tyler president: 1841 – 1845
How many terms did John Tyler serve: 1
When did John Tyler die: January 18, 1862
How old was John Tyler when he died: 71
Where is John Tyler buried: Richmond, Va.

Timeline of the Life of John Tyler

1790 Born in Charles City County, Virginia.
1813 Married Letitia Christian.
1816 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1825 Elected governor of Virginia.
1840 Elected Vice-President of the United States.
1841 President William Henry Harrison dies after only a month in office
1841 Succeeded to the presidency.
1841 The Oregon Trail opened.
1844 The YMCA was organized in London.
1844 Samuel Morse successfully demonstrated his electric telegraph before congress.
1844 Married his second wife Julia Gardiner.
1844 James K. Polk is elected as the 11th President of the U.S.
1845 U.S. population was about 20,200,000.
1845 Florida is admitted as a slave state, making it the 27th state in the Union.
1861 Elected to Confederate House of Representatives.
1862 John Tyler died near Charles City. Va.