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Letitia Tyler
First Lady: 1841 - 1845
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  • Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler & Julia Tyler Program
  • Death of Letitia Tyler
  • Priscilla Cooper Tyler's letters
  • John and Letitia Tyler meeting and marriage
  • Limited role as First Lady
  • Life in Williamsburg
  • A brief introduction to Letitia Tyler


Letitia Tyler

John Tyler
Mrs. Tyler’s daughter-in-law, Priscilla Cooper Tyler, remarked about the role undertaken by her mother-in-law as first lady, “Mother attends to and regulates all the household affairs and all so quietly that you can’t tell when she does it.”

Born - November 12, 1790 in Cedar Grove Plantation, near Richmond, Virginia

Parents - Robert Christian & Mary Browne Christian

Married - March 29, 1813 to John Tyler

Children - Mary (1815 – 1848),
Robert (1816 – 1877),
John (1819 – 1896),
Letitia (1821 – 1907),
Elizabeth (1823 – 1850),
Anne Contesse (1825),
Alice (1827 – 1854),
Tazewell (1830 – 1874)

Firsts - 1st First Lady in die in White House.

Died - September 10, 1842 in Washington, D.C.

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Letitia Tyler died in the White House in 1842. Their daughter-in-law, Pricilla Cooper Tyler served as hostess before President Tyler married his second wife, Julia.

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