Thursday, January 26, 2012

Can you believe it? Two grandsons of the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler (1790 -1862), are still alive. That’s right. The president was born in the 18th century; here we are in the 21st, sharing this vale of tears with two men a mere two generations removed from the president himself.

Here’s how it went down. At age 63, in 1853, John Tyler begat Lyon Gardiner Tyler. Lyon in turn was 71 when he begat Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr., in 1924. Four years later, Harrison Ruffin Tyler came along. Lyon, Jr., and Harrison still live.

It wouldn't surprise me if we're still paying for these geezers' Secret Service protection. I don’t see any way around it. If some lone nut (it's always a lone nut, isn't it?) whacks John Tyler’s superannuated grandsons, the terrorists win.



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