John Tyler

official White House painting of John Tyler, 1864, oil on canvas

Date of Birth: March 29, 1790

Place of Birth: Charles City County, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Death: January 18, 1862

Place of Death: Richmond, Virginia, C.S.

Ethnicity: English, French, Scottish, Irish

John Tyler was an American politician. He served as the 10th President of the United States, from April 4, 1841 to March 4, 1845. He was previously the 10th Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841. He was elected to the position in 1840. He took over as President upon William Henry Harrison’s death. He was elected to the Vice Presidency on a Whig Party ticket, and left the party while President.

President Tyler was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, from December 17, 1816 to March 3, 1821, the 23rd Governor of Virginia, from December 10, 1825 to March 4, 1827, a U.S. Senator from Virginia, from March 4, 1827 to February 29, 1836, and a President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, from March 3, 1835 to December 6, 1835.

He was the Whig Party’s candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1836 (on two different tickets), and the Democratic-Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1844, before dropping out of the race.

President Tyler was the son of Mary Marot (Armistead) and John Tyler, who served as the 15th Governor of Virginia, from December 1, 1808 to January 15, 1811. He was married to Letitia Christian Tyler, until her death, and then Julia Gardiner Tyler. He had fifteen children in all.

President Tyler’s paternal grandfather was John Tyler, Jr. (the son of John Tyler and Elizabeth Jarrett). President Tyler’s grandfather John was likely born in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was Marshal of the Colonial Vice-Admiralty Court of Virginia. President Tyler’s great-grandfather John was the son of Henry Tyler, Jr. and Elizabeth Chiles. President Tyler’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of John Jarrett and Joanna/Johanna Lowe.

President Tyler’s paternal grandmother was Anne Contesse (the daughter of Louis Contesse and Mary Morris). Anne was born in Virginia. Louis was French.

President Tyler’s maternal grandfather was named Robert Booth Armistead (the son of Ellyson Armistead). Robert was born in Virginia, likely in York County. Ellyson was the son of Robert Armistead, and of a woman surnamed Booth.

President Tyler’s maternal grandmother was Anne Shields (the daughter of James Shields, Jr. and Anne Marot). President Tyler’s grandmother Anne was born in Williamsburg, Virginia. James was the son of James Shields, who was born in Armagh, Antrim, Ireland, and of Hannah. President Tyler’s great-grandmother Anne was the daughter of Jean/John Marot, who was born in Meurtheetmoselle, Viterne, France, and of Anne.

Sources: Genealogies of President Tyler –

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