Letitia Christian Tyler

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Letitia Christian Tyler
First Lady of the United States
In role
April 4, 1841 – September 10, 1842
PresidentJohn Tyler
Preceded byJane Irwin Harrison
Succeeded byPriscilla Cooper Tyler
Second Lady of the
United States
In office
March 4, 1841 – April 4, 1841
Preceded byFloride Calhoun
Succeeded bySophia Nicklin Dallas
Personal details
Born(1790-11-12)November 12, 1790
Tidewater, Virginia, U.S.
DiedSeptember 10, 1842(1842-09-10) (aged 51)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Spouse(s)John Tyler

Letitia Christian Tyler (November 12, 1790 – September 10, 1842) was the first wife of John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1841 until her death in 1842.

Life[change | change source]

Letitia Christian Tyler was born at her family’s plantation in Virginia. She could not get any formal education. But she learned to manage the plantation and raise a family. She married John Tyler on 29 March 1813. The day was the twenty-third birthday of John Tyler. The couple had eight children. Out of the eight, one died very young.

After 1839, she fell ill. When John Tyler became president, Letitia Tyler was very sick. She was confined to her invalid’s chair. She lived in a second-floor room of the White House. She could not take part in social activities, but she looked after other affairs of the household.

She died on 10 September 1842. She was the first President's wife to die in the White House. Her picture also appears on a postage stamp issued by the Isle of Man Post Office Archived 2012-12-19 at Archive.today in her honor. After her death, Priscilla Cooper Tyler became the First Lady.