Lesson Plans Tyler, Letitia


Tyler, Letitia
Great States: Virginia, Mother of Presidents
First Lady Letitia Tyler, wife of the tenth president John Tyler, was born at Cedar Grove Plantation, New Kent County, Virginia. Virginia was the first colony settled by the British at Jamestown in 1607. It was a Virginian, Richard Henry Lee that proposed the resolution for Independence to the Second Continental Congress. It was a Virginian, George Washington, who led the Continental Army in our war for independence and later became the first President of these United States of America. In fact four of the first five presidents were from the state of Virginia. And it is Virginia that has the honor of being the state that has produced the most United States Presidents.
Skill: Elementary School     Category: Law, Politics and Govt

Tyler, Letitia
Global Learning: The Isle of Man
Letitia Tyler was born in the United States in 1790, but her family immigrated to the United States from France and the British Isles. One of her great grandfathers, Thomas Christian, emigrated from the Isle of Man to the new world. The Isle of Man has a unique history and is not a part of the United Kingdom, although it is under the protection of the British government. It does have its own laws, courts, and government. This lesson will focus on the Isle of Man and its unique history and geography.
Skill: Elementary School     Category: Education, Arts, Letters and Ideas

Tyler, Letitia
First Lady's "Firsts"
John Tyler took over the Presidency of the United States when William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia a month into his first term. He was the first Vice President to ascend to the higher office via the death of his predecessor. Unfortunately and ironically, his wife Letitia Tyler also was the first “first lady” to pass away while her husband was president. She died of complications from a second stroke in 1842. Although this is tragic, it is one of the “first” events or accomplishments of the group of presidential spouses known as the “First Ladies.” This lesson will look at some of the other first lady’s “firsts.”
Skill: Elementary School     Category: First Ladies' Lives

Tyler, Letitia
"Left Foot, Right Foot": The History of Shoes
Letitia Tyler was born in 1790 and died of a stroke in 1842.  She was the wife of the tenth President of the United States, John Tyler.  She lived in a time of great invention and the beginning of industrialization.  Many things we take for granted today did not exist when she was a child.  One example of this is the process for making shoes.  Today most people have multiple pairs of shoes that we buy based on attractiveness, fashion and comfort.  When Letitia Tyler was a child, shoes were made by hand by craftsmen known as cobblers.  It wasn't until she was 10 years old that a Philadelphia cobbler named William Young perfected a process for making different shoes for the right and left foot. Before that, shoes for each foot were made exactly the same.  This lesson will look at the development of shoes over the centuries.
Skill: Elementary School     Category: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life

Tyler, Letitia
"Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!" American Political Campaign Slogans
Letitia Tyler suffered a stroke shortly before her husband, John Tyler, became the President after the death of William Henry Harrison. She was the first presidential wife to pass away while her husband was in office.  President Tyler never sought his own election to the Whitehouse, which is somewhat ironic because his name was a prominent part of the first memorable slogan that was part of a presidential campaign. William Henry Harrison the hero of the battle of Tippecanoe included John Tyler as his running mate in 1840, hoping for support from southern states'-righters who could not stomach Jacksonian Democracy. The slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" implied flagwaving nationalism plus a dash of southern sectionalism.
Skill: Middle School     Category: Law, Politics and Govt

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