John Tyler became the unexpected 10th president of the United States upon the sudden death of William Henry Harrison.
He wasn’t a particularly impressive commander-in-chief, but he was notable for at least one thing: having more legitimate children than any other U.S. president.
He married this first wife, Letitia Christian, in 1813. They had eight children:
- Mary (b. 1815)
- Robert (b. 1816)
- John (b. 1819)
- Letitia (b. 1821)
- Elizabeth (b. 1823)
- Anne Contesse (1825-1825) – John Tyler’s paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Contesse.
- Alice (b. 1827)
- Tazewell, called “Taz” (b. 1830) – He “was named by the older children after the Tyler family’s close friend, Littleton W. Tazewell.”
Letitia had a stroke in 1839, and died in 1842.
John married his second wife, Julia Gardiner, in 1844. They had seven more children:
- David (b. 1846)
- John (b. 1848)
- Julia (b. 1849)
- Lachlan (b. 1851) – Julia’s mother’s maiden name was McLachlan.
- Lyon (b. 1853) – Probably named in honor of Julia’s ancestor Lion Gardiner.
- Robert Fitzwalter, called “Fitz” (b. 1856) – He was “[n]amed Robert Fitzwalter in honor of Julia Tyler’s ancestor of thirteenth-century England.” (I found several contenders, but my guess is this guy.)
- Pearl (b. 1860) – She “was originally to be named Margaret, but she was christened Pearl instead.”
The grand total? 15.
Which of the Tyler kids’ names do you like best?
- John Tyler – Wikipedia
- President John Tyler weds his second wife – History
- Quinn, Sandra L. and Sanford Kanter. America’s Royalty: All the Presidents’ Children. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.