Making history the old-fashioned way


Last updated 5/15/2019 at Noon

John Tyler was our 10th president, the first one not born an English subject, and the namesake of Tyler, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

I suspect most of Tyler’s 100,000 residents are unaware of exactly who John Tyler was. This isn’t personal; I also imagine that most residents of Pierce County don’t know it was named for our 14th president, Franklin Pierce.

I have no way of knowing, of course. I just think it was a long time ago, and Tyler and Pierce are among our more obscure (and lowest-rated) presidents. Without cheating, how much do you know about either of these t...

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