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More Virginia Born Presidents

This article, The Eight Presidents From Virginia – Their Birthplace, is the last article in a 3-Part Series.

Surrounding President George Washington are the busts of the other seven Presidents from Virginia.

Virginia State Capitol Rotunda Display of Busts of the Presidents From VirginiaCredit: Southerngirl09

John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States, and was the sixth of eight Presidents from Virginia.

Presidents From Virginia – President John TylerCredit: Southerngirl09

On March 29, 1790, John Tyler was born at Greenway Plantation, in Charles City County, VA, into a prosperous old Virginia family. In our new Nation, John Tyler, who was to become President John Tyler, was the first United States President to be born with a President leading the new country. His mother was Mary Marot Armistead Tyler, and his father, John Tyler, was a judge. John Tyler had two brothers and five sisters.

Following family tradition, John Tyler attended the College of William and Mary. Continuing to follow family tradition, he made his life one of politics, beginning, first, by studying law under his dad. His political accomplishments include serving his State and Country in the following capacities: Virginia House of Delegates, United States House of Representatives, Virginia State Legislator, Governor of Virginia, United States Senator, Vice President, and 10th President of the United States.

He was the first Vice President to become President, upon the death of a President. For, when President William Henry Harrison died, on April 4, 1841, John Tyler became President of the United States. His term as President, from April 6, 1841 to March 3, 1845, was the only term he served.

President John Tyler was married two times during his lifetime. His first wife, Letitia Christian, from nearby New Kent County, he married in 1812, and they had eight children. Letitia died on September 10, 1842, while John Tyler was President. With his second wife, Julia Gardiner, whom he married on June 26, 1844, he had seven children. Thus far, John Tyler is the President who has had the most children. He is also the first President to become a widow, and then remarry, all while holding the office.

After his Presidency, John Tyler and his wife, Julia, returned home, to Sherwood Forest Plantation, in Charles City County, VA. On January 18, 1862, President John Tyler died before he was able to take his new position of serving in the Confederate States Congress. Historic Hollywood Cemetery, in Richmond, VA, is where President John Tyler is buried, next to President James Monroe. When Julia passed, in 1889, she was laid to rest beside her husband.

Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, and was the seventh of eight Presidents from Virginia.

Presidents From Virginia – President Zachary TaylorCredit: Southerngirl09

Zachary Taylor was born on November 24, l784, and was the third son born to Richard Taylor and Sarah Dabney Taylor. His father, Richard Taylor, was a member of a prominent family of Virginia planters. While en route to Louisville, Kentucky, where the family planned to establish a new farm, the family stopped at Montebello Plantation, in Barboursville, in Orange County, VA. It was here that Zachary Taylor was born. Since Louisville, Kentucky, where he grew up, was the frontier, there were very few opportunities for an education. After joining the U. S. Army, on May 3, 1808, he made it his career and served for forty years. Because of his brave service, he was recognized as a military hero, and was nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready.”

On June 21, 1810, Lieutenant Zachary Taylor and Margaret “Peggy” Mackal Smith were married near Louisville, Kentucky. They had one son and five daughters. One daughter, Sarah, married Lieutenant Jefferson Davis, future President of the Confederate States of America, but died of malaria three months after their wedding. Zachary and Peggy Taylor lived many places but had a special fondness for Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Zachary Taylor took office as President of the United States on March 4, 1849, and on July 5, 1850, he was taken ill, and died on July 9, 1850. His term in office was just 16 months. The final resting place for President Zachary Taylor and his wife “Peggy” Margaret Taylor, is a mausoleum in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States, and was the eighth of the Presidents from Virginia.

Presidents From Virginia – President Woodrow WilsonCredit: Southerngirl09

President Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia. His mother was Janet “Jessie” Woodrow Wilson, and his father, Joseph Ruggles Wilson, was a Presbyterian minister. Marion and Annie were elder sisters, and Joseph, a little brother. From Staunton, the Wilson family would move to Augusta, Georgia, and later, to Columbia, South Carolina.

Woodrow Wilson transferred from Davidson College, in North Carolina, to Princeton University, in New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton in 1879. He attended law school at the University of Virginia as well as earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, in Maryland. Before he became President of the United States, he was a university professor, President of Princeton, and Governor of New Jersey. President Woodrow Wilson, a renowned scholar, speaker, and writer, was one the Presidents with the most advanced education. In 1912, he became our 28th President.

Woodrow Wilson was married two times. Ellen Axson was his first wife. Before she died, in August 1914 from kidney failure, she and Woodrow Wilson had three children, all daughters, Margaret, Jessie, and Eleanor. A little over a year after Ellen’s death, during December 1915, Woodrow Wilson and Edith Bolling Galt were married. She was a widow, like him. They remained married nine years, until his death.

After serving his time as President, Woodrow and Edith retired right there in D.C. Passing away on February 3, 1924, at 67, President Woodrow Wilson was given final rest at the Washington National Cathedral. Ironically, Edith passed on December 28, 1961, which was Woodrow Wilson’s birthday. Had he still been alive, President Woodrow Wilson would have been 105. She had lived to be 89, dying from congestive heart failure. Edith is buried next to her husband.

In Closing

Come visit the State where these eight great Presidents From Virginia were born.

Part 1: The Eight Presidents From Virginia – Their Birthplace – Part 1: Washington and Jefferson

Part 2: The Eight Presidents From Virginia – Their Birthplace – Part 2: James Madison, James Monroe, and William Henry Harrison



Location of the Birthplaces for the Eight Presidents From Virginia

President John Tyler, President Zachary Taylor, and President Woodrow Wilson

Presidents From Virginia: President John Tyler - His Birthplace is marked with a Historical Marker. President Zachary Taylor - His Birthplace is also noted with a Historical Marker. President Woodrow Wilson - His Birthplace is also home to his Presidential Library and Museum.
John Tyler Birthplace Historical Marker, Charles City Co.VA Get Directions
37° 20.371′ N, 77° 4.937′ W.
Zachary Taylor Birthplace Historical Marker, Orange Co. VA Get Directions
38° 9.234′ N, 78° 14.913′ W.
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Presidential Library and Museum Get Directions
18 N Coalter St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA