When you have the opportunity, please read this article.
If you haven’t heard about this story in the news this week, it will blow your mind. President John Tyler’s grandchildren are alive. Yes, he was the 10th President of the United States of America. He was born in 1790 and became President in 1840. Somewhere, there are two elderly gentlemen who could affectionately call him Gramps. Though they never met, the idea that so much time spans between generations is fascinating.
Forget hearing about your grandparents talk about walking to school or the Great Depression. These guys can talk about how the grandfather was President 20 years before the first shot fired in the American Civil War.
Things these grandkids can say, just peak your interest:
- “My grandfather was President 34 Presidents ago.”
- “My Grandpa saw President George Washington’s wooden teeth….in person…in George’s mouth…while he was alive!”
“Good old Gramps was born before… (Enter outrageous option here):
- 37 states came into existence.
- The Bill of Rights was ratified.
- The invention of the cotton gin.
- The Whiskey Rebellion.
- The Louisiana Purchase
- President Washington was elected for his second term
“Grandpa was a full grown adult when… (Add historical event here, which you still find startling):
- The War of 1812 began.
- The Star Spangled Banner was written.
- Tomatoes were discovered to be non-poisonous.
- The census of 1820 showed 9.6 million people…total.
- Ulysses S. Grant is born. (Grandpa is already 32 years old.)
Maybe it’s because I love history and ancestry, but if this doesn’t make you say “woah”, I’m not sure what will.