I can believe that there was controversey over Tyler’s status when he assumed the duties of the President, I can’t believe that a hundred and sixty years later there is still debate. Do people doubt the presidencies of Andrew Johnson or Gerald Ford (to name just two VPs who succeeded Presidents but were never elected to the office)?
The real reason I bring up the article, though, is to share an interesting fact. I have a friend, an elderly southern gentleman, who is the grandson of President Tyler, who was president over 160 years ago. The President’s youngest son’s youngest son. Isn’t that cool?