11. John Tyler, the Confederate
Highest Office Held: President of the United States
Only one president in U.S. history is remembered as a confirmed traitor, and that president is John Tyler. Tyler did not hesitate to join the Confederacy after his native Virginia seceded from the Union. He was elected to the Confederate Congress and was preparing to serve in Richmond before he died.
Though Tyler wanted a simple funeral, he was given a grand interment as a Confederate hero at the order of Jefferson Davis. Tyler's remains the only presidential funeral to go unrecognized by the United States.
Tyler's horse, "The General," was also buried in grand style, receiving its own gravestone that read:
Here lie the bones of my old horse, "General,"
Who served his master faithfully for twenty-one years,
And never made a blunder.
Would that his master could say the same!