President John Tyler held office from 1841 to 1845. Born during the presidency of George Washington, he was a member of the Whig Party. In other words, John Tyler lived a really long time ago.
Or did he?
Get this – John Tyler’s grandson is still living!
How can that be? Tyler’s last child, Lyon Tyler, was born in 1853, when Tyler was 63 years old. And Lyon Tyler had his last son in 1928, when he was 75. That son, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, is still living at age 94.
History is more recent than you think. And we have much to learn from our ancestors, whether they were presidents or not. Daniel prayed, “I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors” (Daniel 2:23).
Your parents and grandparents help to explain two things:
- Why you are who you are
- Why you do what you do
Recovery Step: Take a look back at your parents and grandparents. Learn from their successes and their mistakes.