2013 FALL NEWSLETTER
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday, September 7, 2013 – The Society of Virginia Champagne/Sangria Tailgate at The Grand Finale of Twilight Polo at Great Meadow, The Plains, VA – Invitations to be emailed shortly.
Friday, November 8, 2013 – The Society of Virginia’s 90th Anniversary Party
February 2014 – Date and Event TBD
March 2014 – 2014 Virginia Cherry Blossom Princess Crowning Event – Date and VenueTBD
April 6 – 12, 2014 – NCSS Cherry Blossom Princess Program Events/National Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday, April 27, 2014 – The Society of Virginia’s Annual Tailgate at The Middleburg Hunt’s Point-to-Point, Middleburg, VA
Saturday or Sunday, May 24 or 25, 2014 – Middleburg Stable Tour & Lunch/Dinner
Additional events, including happy hours, to be added in the near future.
To pay for events, look for the Paypal logo for the event and category on the appropriate event information page as it is posted. To pay for events via check, write the check, payable to “The Society of Virginia,” and send to Gail Sullivan, c/o 5010 Devin Green Lane,
Fairfax, VA 22030, unless otherwise instructed. New Members may also pay by
Virginia History – President John Tyler - The “Accidental President”
The Commonwealth of Virginia is the birthplace of eight of our U.S. Presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor & Woodrow Wilson.
John Tyler was born on March 29, 1790 in Charles City County,
Virginia and was one of eight children. His father, John Tyler, Sr., was very political and served as a representative in the Virginia House of Delegates; the Speaker of the House of Delegates; the Governor of Virginia; and a state court judge. His mother died when he was only seven years old. Tyler graduated from the College of William and Mary with a law degree in 1807 at the age of 17. He later became
Chancellor of the College of William and Mary.
President John Tyler had a long career in Virginia politics. He served as Virginia’s state legislator, Governor, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator.
Prior to his presidency, John Tyler is known for his recommendation of a statewide public school system. He is also remembered for the address he delivered at the funeral of President Thomas Jefferson, who died July 4, 1825.
John Tyler was selected by William Henry Harrison’s as his Vice Presidential candidate. Their Whig Party campaign slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” They won the election and were inaugurated in March 1841.
Only a few weeks into his presidency, William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia and
pleurisy. At dawn on April 5, two couriers arrived at Tyler’s plantation with a letter from Secretary of State Daniel Webster informing Vice President Tyler of Harrison’s death the previous morning. John Tyler became our 10th U.S. President and first to succeed to the Office of President on the death of the incumbent. President John Tyler became known as
the “Accidental President.”
During his Presidency, he is credited with achieving the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which heralded the prospect of improved relations with Great Britain by defining the borders of
Maine and Canada. He also supported the annexation of Texas into the union, which added millions of acres to the national domain.
The Whig party expelled him from their party when he vetoed the bill to revive the Bank of
the United States. In fact, after the veto, his entire Whig cabinet, except for Secretary of State Daniel Webster, resigned in protest of his veto.
After his presidency and prior to the Civil War, he re-entered public life as sponsor and chairman of the Virginia Peace Convention held in Washington, D.C, in February 1861 in an effort to avoid war. When Congress rejected the convention’s proposals, he sided with the Confederacy and became a delegate to the Provisional Confederate Congress and then was elected to the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress. He left for Richmond on January 5, 1862 to serve, but died shortly thereafter on January 18th at the age of 71,
never having served. Due to his allegiance to the Confederacy, his death was the only one
in U.S. presidential history not be officially recognized in Washington. Confederate
President Jefferson Davis delivered a grand politically-pointed funeral to its hero to the Confederacy, draping Tyler’s coffin in a Confederate flag. Former President Tyler is buried
at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond Virginia.
John Tyler fathered 15 children: eight with his first wife, Letitia Christian Tyler, who died of
a stroke in the White House in September 1842; and, seven with his second wife, Julia Gardiner Tyler.
His plantation on the James River in Charles City Country, Virginia, originally named Walnut Grove or “the Grove” was renamed by Tyler “Sherwood Forest” as a reference to the folk legend Robin Hood, to signify that he had been “outlawed” by the Whig Party, which
continually opposed his administration. The house, built in 1720, is the longest frame
house in America. It is said to be haunted by “the Gray Lady.” For over 100 years she has
rocked in the chair in the Grey Room holding her child.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Champagne/Sangria Tailgate at Great Meadow’s Twilight Polo Event on September 7. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the first match is at 7 p.m. Look for the invitation via email or here on our website.
Applications are being accepted for Virginia’s 2014 Cherry Blossom Princess and are due by
November 15, 2013. Please contact Judy Regan who is Chair of the Virginia Cherry Blossom Princess
Selection Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Further information when posted can be obtained from the NCSS website http://statesocieties.org/PrincessProgram.aspx.
On September 21 - 22, 2013, the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall. Further information can be found at http://statesocieties.org/News.aspx.
Please pay your 2013 dues.
Additional Current information and Newsletters will be published as they become available.