David Gardiner Tyler : biography
David Gardiner Tyler (July 12, 1846 – September 5, 1927), was a U.S. Democratic Party politician and the son of John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States.
Although born in New York, he went to school in Virginia and fought in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. After attending college in Germany and Virginia, he became a lawyer. He later served in the Virginia State Senate, as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia’s second congressional district, and as a Virginia Circuit Court judge.
He was born in East Hampton, New York and was the first child born to former President John Tyler and his second wife, Julia Gardiner Tyler. He was named after his late maternal grandfather, David Gardiner. As a child, he attended private schools in Charles City County, Virginia. In 1862, he entered present-day Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, but dropped out the following year to fight in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He was present at the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House. Following the war, he and his brother, John Alexander Tyler, traveled to Germany, and attended school in the Grand Duchy of Baden. He returned to the United States, and graduated from the Washington and Lee School of Law in 1869.
He was married to the former Mary Morris Jones, and had four children.
From 1870 to 1884, he practiced law in Richmond, Virginia, before accepting an appointment as Director of the state lunatic asylum in Williamsburg, Virginia, serving until 1887. From 1891 to 1892, he served in the Virginia State Senate, and on the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives from the state’s 2nd District, serving from 1893 to 1897. He was defeated for renomination in 1896, and returned to private law practice until his reelection to the state senate, where he served from 1900 to 1904. From 1904 until his death, he served as a state circuit court judge. He died at Sherwood Forest Plantation and is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.