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Each year, President John Tyler is honored with a grave site memorial celebration in Hollywood Cemetery on his birthday.
In 1813, the 23-year-old Tyler married fellow Virginian Letitia Christian [masked]),
with whom he would have eight children. In 1839, Letitia suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed and incapable of handling the responsibilities of first lady when her husband became president two years later.
Her daughter-in-law, Priscilla Cooper Tyler [masked]), a former actress, assumed the role of official White House hostess. In 1842, Letitia Tyler suffered a second stroke and died at age 51, becoming the first president’s wife to pass away while her husband was in the White House.
In 1844, John Tyler became the first president to marry while in office when he wed Julia Gardiner [masked]),
a wealthy New Yorker 30 years his junior.
The couple went on to have seven children. With a total of 15 offspring from his two marriages, Tyler fathered more children than any other U.S. president in history.