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Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr, Grandson of the 10th US President, Dies Age 95

Olowokandi Fiyin
Oct 09, 2020
08:16 A.M.
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The grandson of the 10th U.S. President John Tyler, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr., has passed away at age 95. Lyon died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. 


The former first family of late President John Tyler has lost one of its beloved grandsons, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. According to reports, Lyon passed away on September 26 at the age of 95 at the Williamson Medical Center.

Lyon, a talented lawyer, and historian died of Alzheimer’s, according to his daughter Susan Selina Pope Tyler, who was by his side. Lyon Jr. was the older of the two surviving grandsons of the 10th U.S. President, John Tyler, who served from 1841 to 1845

Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. signs his name on the inside of a desk drawer with other descendants of past Presidents gathered for a panel discussion at the Kennedy center, on August, 28, 2018 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images


He is among the few people of the three generations that spanned most of American history.  The deceased was born to father Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr., a former president of the College of William and Mary, and mother Sue Ruffin on January 3, 1925.


He bagged a law degree from the University of Virginia and was the Virginia Civil War Centennial Commission director from 1959 to 1963. After getting his doctorate from Duke University, he took up teaching at the University of Richmond, the Virginia Military Institute, and the Citadel.

He was married to Lucy Jane Pope, and they had only one daughter. Lyon Jr’s grandfather made history as the president who annexed Texas as the 28th state while the nation expanded.




John, who was initially elected as vice president, became the commander-in-chief after President William Henry Harrison passed away from pneumonia one month after he was sworn in.

The Tylers are also famous for their longevity as the combined lifespan between the 10th president and his grandson amounts to a whopping 222 years. The late Lyon Gardiner has joined the long list of celebrities and prominent personalities and their loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.



Television reporter Ruth Langsford spoke openly about her father’s battle with the disease while Dame Barbara Scott’s husband didn’t hide her diagnosis from the world. 

While Alzheimer’s Disease is seen as a life-threatening disease, the rise of Memory Cafes across the nation has helped make the journey easier for patients. The program offers emotional and social support for patients and their caregivers through fun activities like poetry, music, and art. 


2020 has, unfortunately, been a sad year. Many have had to say goodbye to their beloved stars, including Eddie Van Halen, Kenzo Takada, Helen Reddy, Chadwick Boseman, Naya Rivera, Kobe Byrant, amongst others.