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John Tyler Statue.

Statue #10: John Tyler

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Rapid City, South Dakota

John Tyler (1841-1845) was an unloved President who ended his career as a traitorous Senator for the Confederacy. Trying to find something nice for Tyler's statue, sculptor Lee Leuning gave him a fiddle, because Tyler liked to play it at family gatherings. "He wasn't a very attractive man," said Dallerie Davis, co-founder of the City of Presidents project. "We tried to be gracious and make him a little more attractive." But when Tyler's descendants saw the clay model of the statue, they said no, he didn't look like that. So Tyler was made more homely, with a smaller head and bigger nose.

Amazing Arcana of the Presidents

Despite his physical unattractiveness, Tyler sired 15 children, a presidential record.

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City of Presidents

Since 2000, Rapid City has commissioned and installed bronze statues of every former U.S. President on its downtown street corners. Visitors are encouraged to take a walking tour of the City of Presidents and inspect the nation's metallic Commanders in Chief. Paper guides are available year-round at the city's main Visitor Center at 512 Main St.

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Also see: America's Street Corner Presidents

Statue #10: John Tyler

Address:
800 St Joseph St., Rapid City, SD
Directions:
Downtown. Northwest corner of St. Joseph St. and Mt Rushmore Rd.
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