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Marriages of Children of Sitting Presidents


Jenna Bush Wedding

Jenna Bush Wedding

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Jenna Bush's decision to not get married at the White House is not unusual. Of the 23 weddings of children of presidents in the oval office, as of 2008, only nine weddings took place in the White House.

1820: Maria Hester Monroe married Samuel Lawrence Gouveneur, her first cousin, in the Blue Room of the White House on March 9, 1820. Maria died at the young age of forty-seven.

1828: John Adams II married Mary Catherine Hellen, his first cousin, in the Blue Room of the White House on February 25, 1828. John died when he was thirty-one from alcoholism.

1831: Andrew Jackson, Jr. married Sarah Yorke on November 24, 1831 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Andrew died in 1865 after a gun accident.

1838: Abraham Van Buren married Angelica Singleton on November 27, 1838 in Sumter, South Carolina. Abraham died in 1873.
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1842: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Tyler married William Nevison Waller on January 31, 1842 in the East Room at the White House. She died eight years later at the age of twenty-six from childbirth complications with her sixth pregnancy.

1874: Ellen "Nellie" Wrenshall Grant married Algernon Charles Frederick Sartoris in the East Room at the White House on May 21, 1874. The marriage was not a happy one due to Algernon's drinking problem and alleged affairs. Algernon died in 1893 and although some sources state they were divorced, newspaper articles of the era refer to Nellie as a widow. In 1912, Nellie married a long-time friend, Franklin Hatch Jones. Shortly after her marriage to Frank, Nellie had a stroke and lived with poor health and paralysis until her death.
Nellie Grant and Algernon Sartoris Marriage Profile

1874: Frederick Dent Grant married Ida Marie Honoré on October 20, 1874 in Chicago, Illinois. He died in 1912.
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1906: Alice Lee Roosevelt married Nicholas Longworth in the Grand Hallway and East Room at the White House on February 17, 1906. The marriage lasted twenty-five years until Nick's death, but was considered an unhappy marriage due to his drinking and womanizing. Alice never remarried.

1913: Jessie Woodrow Wilson married Frances Bowes Sayre in the East Room at the White House on November 25, 1913. She died in 1933 after an emergency appendectomy operation.
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1914: Eleanor "Nellie" Wilson married William Gibbs McAdoo, who was 27 years older, in the Blue Room at the White House on May 7, 1914. They divorced in 1934.

1933: Elliott Roosevelt married Ruth Josephine Googins on July 22, 1933 in Burlington, Iowa. Ruth and Elliott divorced in March 1944. Elliott's other marriages: Elizabeth Browning Donner, 1932-1933; Faye Emerson, December 3, 1944-January 1950; Minnewa Bell Gray Burnside Ross, 1951-1960; Patricia Peabody Whitehead, 1960. Elliott died in 1990.
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1936: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt married John Boettiger on January 18, 1935 at the Roosevelt Town House in Manhattan, New York. John and Anna separated in 1947 and divorced in 1949. Her first marriage in 1926 to Curtis Bean Dall ended in divorce in July 1935. Her third marriage was to Dr. James Halsted in 1952. Note: 1935 wedding date per NY Times Article, January 19, 1935
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1937: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. married Ethel Du Pont in wilmington, Delaware on June 30, 1937. The couple later divorced in 1949. He had four other marriages: Suzanne Perrin, 1949-1970; Felicia Schiff Warburg Sarnoff, 1970-1976; Patricia Luisa Oakes, 1977-1981; Linda McKay Stevenson Weicker, 1984-1988. Franklin died in 1988.
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1938: John Aspinwall Roosevelt married Anne Lindsay Clark on June 18, 1938. John and Anne divorced in 1965. John's second marriage was to Irene Elder Boyd McAlpin on October 28, 1965. John died in 1981.
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1941: James "Jimmy" Roosevelt married Romelle Theresa Schneider on April 14, 1941. Romelle and John divorced in 1955. John's other marriages: Betsey Cushing, 1930-1940; Gladys Irene Kitchner Owens, 1956-1969; Mary Lena Winskill, 1969. James died in 1991.
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1966: Luci Baines Johnson married Patrick John Nugent at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on August 6, 1966. Their wedding reception was in the White House. Their marriage was annulled in 1979. Luci married Ian Turpin in 1983.
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1967: Lynda Bird Johnson married Charles Spittal Robb in the East Room at the White House on December 9, 1967.

1971: Patricia "Tricia" Nixon married Edward Ridley Finch Cox at the White House in the Rose Garden on June 12, 1971.

1981: Maureen Elizabeth Reagan married Dennis Revell on April 25, 1981 at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles, California. Maureen's previous marriages: John Filippone, 1960-1962; David Sills, 1964-1968. Maureen died in 2001.
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1984: Patricia "Patti" Ann Davis married Paul Grilley on August 14, 1984 at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, California. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1990.
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1992: Dorothy Walker Bush's second marriage to Robert P. Koch at Camp David, Maryland on June 28, 1992. Her first marriage to William LeBlond in 1982 ended in divorce in 1990.
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2008: Jenna Bush married Henry Hager at the family ranch in Crawford, Texas on May 10, 2008.
Jenna Bush and Henry Hager Marriage Profile

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

The Presidents' Children

Christopher Gordon. A White House Wedding. 2005.

Sandra L. Quinn. America's Royalty: All the Presidents' Children. 1995.

Doug Wead. All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families. 2004.

John Whitcomb, Claire Whitcomb. Real Life at the White House: 200 Years of Daily Life at America's Most Famous Residence. 2002.

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