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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Julia Tyler
First Lady: 1841 - 1845
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  • Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler & Julia Tyler Program
  • Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler and Julia Tyler: Opening clip
  • Introduction to Sherwood Forest
  • Julia Tyler avoiding shaking hands in White House
  • Sherwood Forest during Civil War
  • Another account of meeting President Tyler
  • Family's sense of history at Sherwood Forest
  • Children and Grandchildren
  • Approach to being First Lady
  • John Tyler's death after White House and start of First Ladies' pensions
  • Richard Norton Smith on Julia Tyler
  • Harrison Tyler tells story of how his grandparents met
  • Life at Sherwood Forest in Virginia
  • Payne Tyler on Julia Tyler's political influence
  • Meeting President Tyler
  • Decor in Sherwood Forest
  • Entertaining at Sherwood Forest
  • Author Bonnie Angelo on Julia Tyler
  • A brief introduction to Julia Tyler
  • Edith Mayo on Julia Tyler


Julia Tyler

John Tyler
This winter I intend to do something in the way of entertaining that shall be the admiration and talk of the Washington world.

Born - May 4, 1820 in Gardiner’s Island, New York

Parents - David Gardiner & Juliana McLachlan Gardiner

Married - June 26, 1844 to John Tyler

Children - David Gardiner (1846 – 1927),
John Alexander (1848 – 1883),
Julia (1849 – 1871),
Lachlan (1851 – 1902),
Lyon Gardiner (1853 – 1935),
Robert Fitzwalter (1856 – 1927),
Pearl (1860 – 1947)

Firsts - 1st First Lady to be photographed. 1st woman to marry a sitting President.

Post White House residence - Sherwood Forest, Richmond, Virginia

Died - July 10, 1889 in Richmond, Virginia

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Married President Tyler in 1844 and assumed the role as First Lady for the remainder of his term.

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