A history of presidential firsts

POSTED: 6:18 PM Oct 30 2012   UPDATED: 1:00 AM Feb 15 2016

The history of the American presidency is full of firsts -- from groundbreaking to the just plain goofy.

presidential firsts - John Tyler
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Library of Congress

John Tyler -- Both the first president to be widowed while in office, with his first wife, Letitia Christian, dying of a stroke in the White House in September 1842, and the first president to marry while in office, marrying Julia Gardner in New York City in June 1844


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