John Tyler was part of the Whig Party ticket in 1840. He grew up in Virginia. Susan Tyler said her father took the family's fame in stride. He answered, 'I'll bite your head off.'" Tyler, 95, was the grandson of John Tyler, who served as president from 1841 to 1845. Tyler, 95, was the grandson of John Tyler, who served as president from 1841 to 1845. John Tyler served in the House, Senate and as vice president before becoming president. Both William and Harrison joked they don't want that job. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved. 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. 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. 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. She was 30 years younger and liked to party. His biggest accomplishment was the annexation of Texas. Lyon also had a very young second wife, and was 75 years old when Harrison Tyler was born in 1928. Here’s what I wrote about the Tylers back in 2012: John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States. His daughter, Susan Selina Pope Tyler, said Thursday that her father was a humble and compassionate man of faith who mentored others. 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. "I think it had to do with second wives.". Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. 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. "He was kind and loving to everyone, even the marginalized," Susan Tyler wrote in remarks planned for a memorial service next week, which she shared with CNN. "I heard too much about presidents growing up," he wrote in one speech he delivered. His younger brother, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, 91, is now the last surviving grandson of the president. Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. signs his name on the inside of a desk drawer with other descendants of past presidents who gathered in Washington in August 2018. His brother Harrison Ruffin Tyler is still alive. 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. The older of the two surviving grandsons of the tenth president of the U.S. John Tyler has died aged 95. 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. So instead of making history, William prefers to preserve it. Here's how it happened. 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. President John Tyler was born in 1790, but still has two living grandsons. Lyon Tyler Jr. himself had a bit of humor about being related to a US president. Lyon Sr., who went on to become president of William & Mary, was 71 when Lyon Jr. was born to his second wife. Last weekend, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. died at the age of 95. His first wife, Letitia, had eight children before dying in 1842. Remarkably, Lyon was the grandson of John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States. At 52, he married 22-year-old Julia Gardiner. His detractors, While most historians don't place him high in the pantheon of presidents, Tyler's family said. He would always reply, 'I'm not that old' and he would laugh. Lyon Tyler, Jr., grandson of President Tyler, died September 26 at the age of 95! But Lyon Tyler, Jr., is survived by a brother – 92-year-old Harrison Ruffin Tyler! ", Survey of historians: Lincoln still best president. The older of the two surviving grandsons of the tenth president of the U.S. John Tyler has died aged 95. 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. He was 63 when son Lyon Tyler was born, whose first wife also died. 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 … 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. "It's clearly a young girl, there's no doubt.". Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the our 24/7 digital news network. He told her, "I'll spit 'em out!". (CNN)For many Americans, going two generations back takes them to World War II. He had eight children with his first wife, who died while he was in office. Then she asked, "And what will you do with the bones?" Tyler, 95, was the grandson of John Tyler, who served as president from 1841 to 1845. The younger Lyon was a lawyer before turning to an academic career. © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. A younger brother is among his survivors. A younger brother is among his survivors. The ghostly image remained even after being painted over. He showed us a spot on a wall where you can see what looks like a young woman. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He related that when he was three or four, a woman asked, "Are you going to be President when you grow up?" Chip Reid is CBS News' national correspondent. Tyler lived in Franklin, Tennessee, at the time of his passing. "You can see the curls coming down and a bonnet on top of her head," he said. A younger brother is among his survivors. 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. They had seven children, for a total of 15 -- the most of any president. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. William showed us around Sherwood Forest Plantation, a home President Tyler renovated with his wife Julia in mind. "I've had many share with me how my father affected their lives, through his advice or his practical help.". Nearly 175 years later, two of his grandchildren are still around. We met Harrison and his son William at President Tyler's Virginia estate. President Tyler, who served one term, fathered 15 children. Just three generations -- President Tyler, his son Lyon Tyler, and grandson Harrison -- span almost the entire history of the United States. William says the house is also haunted. We asked William if people find it hard to believe that his father is the grandson of the 10th president. John Tyler became president in 1841. But political ambition does not run in the family. He had a great sense of humor. "I find it hard to believe," he laughed. Until his death on Sept. 26, Dr. Tyler had been one of two living grandsons of John Tyler, who was president of the United States from 1841 to 1845. "I know better," William added. "Dad used to be asked if he knew John Tyler. 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.