Harrison Ruffin Tyler, 89, is one of two living grandsons of President John Tyler, who was born in 1790, one year after George Washington was sworn in as president. "I think it had to do with second wives.". Lyon Tyler Jr. himself had a bit of humor about being related to a US president. Susan Tyler said her father took the family's fame in stride. A younger brother is among his survivors. Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the our 24/7 digital news network. "You can see the curls coming down and a bonnet on top of her head," he said. Lyon Sr., who went on to become president of William & Mary, was 71 when Lyon Jr. was born to his second wife. Tyler lived in Franklin, Tennessee, at the time of his passing. His biggest accomplishment was the annexation of Texas. "I've had many share with me how my father affected their lives, through his advice or his practical help.". "It's clearly a young girl, there's no doubt.". A younger brother is among his survivors. While John Tyler was a slave owner, his great-granddaughter Susan Tyler said her father and late mother, Lucy Jane Pope Tyler, championed civil rights. A younger brother is among his survivors. He related that when he was three or four, a woman asked, "Are you going to be President when you grow up?" His younger brother, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, 91, is now the last surviving grandson of the president. But Lyon Tyler, Jr., is survived by a brother – 92-year-old Harrison Ruffin Tyler! John Tyler became president in 1841. The older of the two surviving grandsons of the tenth president of the U.S. John Tyler has died aged 95. We met Harrison and his son William at President Tyler's Virginia estate. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. CHARLES CITY, Va. -- John Tyler was the first vice president elevated to the presidency on the death of the chief executive and the first president to marry in the White House. Tyler, 95, was the grandson of John Tyler, who served as president from 1841 to 1845. Then she asked, "And what will you do with the bones?" The grandson of President John Tyler, who served as the country’s 10th commander-in-chief from 1841 to 1845, died last weekend at 95. Both William and Harrison joked they don't want that job. William says the house is also haunted. "I know better," William added. We asked William if people find it hard to believe that his father is the grandson of the 10th president. His detractors, While most historians don't place him high in the pantheon of presidents, Tyler's family said. The older of the two surviving grandsons of the tenth president of the U.S. John Tyler has died aged 95. President Tyler, who served one term, fathered 15 children. According to his obituary, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr., died Sept. 26 in Franklin, Tennessee, 175 years after his grandfather left office.He was the son of Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr., who was born in 1853 when his father, who was born in 1790, was 63. He had a great sense of humor. Lyon also had a very young second wife, and was 75 years old when Harrison Tyler was born in 1928. That someone in the 21st century could have a grandfather who knew Thomas Jefferson can be attributed to late-in-life paternity, second wives and longevity in his family: Three generations of Tyler men spanned an incredible 230 years. Chip Reid is CBS News' national correspondent. William showed us around Sherwood Forest Plantation, a home President Tyler renovated with his wife Julia in mind. While Tyler, a World War II veteran, lawyer and history professor at the Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel, was proud of his ancestor and spoke about him, it was not what defined his life. He grew up in Virginia. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr., one of the two surviving grandchildren of President John Tyler, passed away on September 26, 2020, at age 95.His death … They had seven children, for a total of 15 -- the most of any president. Lyon Tyler, Jr., grandson of President Tyler, died September 26 at the age of 95! Nearly 175 years later, two of his grandchildren are still around. Tyler, 95, was the grandson of John Tyler, who served as president from 1841 to 1845. His first wife, Letitia, had eight children before dying in 1842. He answered, 'I'll bite your head off.'" © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. President John Tyler was born in 1790, but still has two living grandsons. His daughter, Susan Selina Pope Tyler, said Thursday that her father was a humble and compassionate man of faith who mentored others. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Harrison Ruffin Tyler, 89, is one of two living grandsons of President John Tyler, who was born in 1790, one year after George Washington was sworn in as president. The younger Lyon was a lawyer before turning to an academic career. Some people might argue that the greatest accomplishment of John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, is the fact that 156 years after his death, he still has living grandsons. John Tyler was elected vice president in 1840, but he was thrust into the role of commander-in-chief when President William Henry Harrison died just one month into office. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Just three generations -- President Tyler, his son Lyon Tyler, and grandson Harrison -- span almost the entire history of the United States. The grandson of President John Tyler, who served as the country’s 10th commander-in-chief from 1841 to 1845, died last weekend at 95. Here's how it happened. John Tyler served in the House, Senate and as vice president before becoming president. He showed us a spot on a wall where you can see what looks like a young woman. She was 30 years younger and liked to party. Tyler, 95, was the grandson of John Tyler, who served as president from 1841 to 1845. He would always reply, 'I'm not that old' and he would laugh. "I find it hard to believe," he laughed. So instead of making history, William prefers to preserve it.
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