First Ladies Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler, and Julia Tyler
Edna Greene Medford and Taylor Stoermer talked about the life and influence of first ladies Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler, and Julia… read more
Edna Greene Medford and Taylor Stoermer talked about the life and influence of first ladies Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler, and Julia Tyler. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.*Among the topics addressed were the short presidency of William Henry Harrison, the death of Letitia Taylor in the White House, and the president’s marriage to Julia Gardiner and her role as first lady. Julia Gardiner Tyler was known as an outwardly social first lady who brought European dancing to the White House and cultivated a public image as a trend-setter. She also helped in her husband’s efforts to annex Texas. Christopher Leahy spoke by telephone about his work editing her papers.
Video was shown from Colonial Williamsburg and the Tyler’s Sherwood Forest plantation home in Charles City, Virginia. Harrison Tyler and his wife Payne spoke in videos recorded at Sherwood Forest.
This was the sixth installment in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.” close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- Leahy, Christopher Associate Professor Keuka College->History
- Medford, Edna Greene Chair Howard University->History Department
- Stoermer, Taylor Historian Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
- Tyler, Harrison R. Grandchild John Tyler
- Tyler, Payne Spouse Harrison R. Tyler
- Swain, Susan Host C-SPAN
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