John Tyler was born two months before the French Revolution. In 1841 he became the tenth president of the United States and the first to succeed a president who died in office (William Henry Harrison). Tyler died in 1862 during the early stages of the American Civil War, the same year that Lewis Carroll told a strange tale to Alice Liddell and the year the Gustav Klimt, Claude Debussy and Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, were born.
Two of his grandsons, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. and Harrison Ruffin Tyler are still alive
Tyler holds the record for the most children sired by a US president. His first child, Mary Tyler was born in 1815; his fifteenth and last, Pearl Tyler in 1857 when he was 67 years old. The births of his 44 grandchildren spanned 91 years.
He was 65 when his son Lyon Gardiner Tyler was born. Lyon Tyler had six children and was well into his seventies when Lyon Jr. and Harrison were born. A cousin of theirs died fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War.