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Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler (Cooper)

Also Known As: "Elizabeth Priscilla Cooper"
Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: New York, United States
Death: December 29, 1889 (73)
Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Abthorpe Cooper and Mary Cooper
Wife of Robert Tyler
Mother of Grace Rae Tyler Scott; Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Tyler; Julia Campbell Tyson; Priscilla Cooper Goodwyn and Letitia Tyler
Sister of James Fairlie Cooper

Occupation: Official White House Hostess & First Lady of U.S., Actress, Acting First Lady for President John Tyler, Homemaker
Managed by: Scott Smith
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About Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler

Elizabeth Priscilla Cooper Tyler (June 14, 1816 – December 29, 1889) was the daughter in law of John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States. She served as official White House hostess and official First Lady of the United States from September 10, 1842 to June 26, 1844, the second of Tyler's three First Ladies.

Priscilla COOPER was born on 14 Jun 1816 in New York City. She died on 29 Dec 1889 in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama. She was also known as Elizabeth.

Her father Thomas Abthorpe Cooper was a successful stage actor and producer. Her mother Mary Fairlie Cooper was a New York socialite. Priscilla began to work as an actress at the age of 17. Thomas Abthorpe Cooper achieved great success in the theater business and they lived in a grand house on Broadway. The family's fortunes were reversed during the Panic of 1837. The family lost their house and at one point were reduced to subsisting on radishes and strawberries.

While playing Desdemona in a production of Othello in Richmond, Virginia she met Robert Tyler, the eldest son of wealthy plantation owner and former US Senator John Tyler. In Victorian America, acting was considered a scandalous profession and actresses had little social standing. The addition of the Cooper's financial woes seemed to conspire to make any match between the two unlikely. Despite their social differences, the couple wed in Bristol, Pennsylvania on September 12, 1839. John and Letitia Tyler warmly welcomed her into the Tyler family.

John Tyler was the successful candidate for the Vice-Presidency in the 1840 election. After the sudden death of President William Henry Harrison just one month after taking office, John Tyler became President of the United States. Biography Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priscilla_Cooper_Tyler

Spouse: Robert TYLER. Robert TYLER and Priscilla COOPER were married on 12 Sep 1839 in Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


She acted on stage with her father, Thomas A. Cooper, and later served as Hostess in the White House for her father-in-law, Pres. John Tyler, 10th President of the United States.

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Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler's Timeline

June 14, 1816
New York, United States
May 1845
Age 28
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 32
January 1852
Age 35
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 37
December 29, 1889
Age 73
Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, United States