Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Most Virile President You've Never Heard Of

On This Day in Mythstory, President John Tyler died in 1862. After dissing my playboy cousin Calvin Coolidge, Chris Regan offers this bit of trivia:

His children were spread out over such a long period of time that — and here’s a great factoid to bring up at your next cocktail party – his youngest daughter, Pearl, died 100 years, 1 week, and 6 days after the death of his eldest daughter, Mary.

Then, it might be a good time to end your cocktail party, because if the conversation has drifted to the virility of our tenth president, chances are you really suck at throwing parties. [Link]
The children in question were born 45 years apart to two different wives—the second of whom was five years younger than his eldest daughter. Tyler thus established the popular White House tradition of seducing women young enough to think that presidents have special "constitutional powers" in the bedroom.

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