Towns Named Tyler

There are said to be 17 towns named Tyler in America, but most of them are either very small or are out of business like the Tyler in Washington that didn’t have a post office after 1974. Many Tylers are unincorporated. Only 3 of them have any substance today. They are in Texas, Mississippi, and Minnesota. The largest town named Tyler is in Texas. The Tyler in Mississippi has added town to its name and began life as Conerly. Tyler, AL is near Selma. Tyler, MN is said to be thriving with more than 1,000 residents in the southwestern part of the state.

There has been a President with this surname only once and he was interesting. John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States and a slaveowner who was born and died in Virginia. The President with the most towns named after him is George Washington. No surprise there. John Tyler set a record as the President with the most children. This is still true. He had 15 of them with 2 wives. The reason that there aren’t more states with towns named Tyler is the fact that when he was elected President in 1841 there weren’t as many states. There were only 26 of them. Tyler, TX was named for President Tyler even though it did not become a state until 1845 when he was still President. In fact, he had the world’s 446th most common surname at the time because Tyler was created to honor tilers, and there were many of those in 1841. It’s rare to have 3 Presidents in a single year and 1841 was one of them. This has only happened twice in our history. William Henry Harrison, Martin Van Buren and John Tyler all served as President that year.

Tyler, TX is a rather large city with 106,000 people and a reputation for growing roses in abundance. The Tyler in Pennsylvania has not been as blessed. It is now a nearly deserted coal town. The Tyler in Missouri lost its post office in 1954. The Tyler in his own state of Virginia has added Park to its name.

There are not a large number of Tylers in the world either. The only country to grow one is New Zealand.

About the only states with a Tyler that were states in 1841 are New Hampshire, Alabama, Maryland, Mississippi, and Kentucky.


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