John Tyler was the tenth president of the United States.
Born in Greenway, Charles City County, Virginia, on March 29, 1790, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1816, serving until 1821. He also served as Governor of Virginia from 1825-1827 and as a U.S. Senator from 1827-1836, including a stint as President Pro Tempore from March-December 1835. In 1840 he was elected Vice President on the Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison under the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too." Upon Harrison's death in April 1841, Tyler succeeded to the Presidency. But his frequent use of the veto alienated key members of the Whig party; by the end of his term he was a President without a party. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he sided with the Confederacy and was elected to the Confederate House of Representatives. But before he could take his seat, he died on January 18, 1862.
In 1813 Tyler married his first wife, Letitia Christian; they had four daughters and three sons to live to adulthood. In September 1842 Letitia died of a stroke at the White House. Tyler then married Julia Gardiner in 1844; they had five sons and two daughters.
Tyler had more children than any other U.S. President. As of 2014, he is the earliest President to have living grandchildren (Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr., and Harrison Ruffin Tyler).