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Jenna Bush Marriage 23rd During a Presidency

Monday, 21 Apr 2008 10:12 AM

By Doug Wead

Now that Jenna Bush has scheduled her wedding day for May 10, the spotlight is on presidential children married during their fathers' time in office. This information can be very confusing. Some of this is caused by divorces that took place during the White House years. For example, in the last years of his father's administration, Elliot Roosevelt had yet another divorce and so some journalists placed his next wedding date that same year.

Something similar happened to Chip Carter. Accounts have him remarrying in 1980. Actually, he divorced that year and did not remarry until 1984, after the Carter family left Washington.

Readers beware, there are even common mistakes about presidential children in the official records used by the White House office of protocol, prestigious reference books on the presidents and numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning books. When my White House Wedding Web site first was moved last month we found numerous mistakes made by well intentioned staffers "correcting" copy with new information taken from the Internet.

Below is my own list of such weddings.

It comprises 22 presidential children married during their father’s presidency. Jenna Bush will be the 23rd. Children married in the White House are underlined.

Presidential child

date of wedding


Maria Hester Monroe

March 9, 1820

Samuel L. Gouverneur

John Adams

Feb. 25, 1828

Mary Catherine Hellen

Andrew Jackson Jr.

Nov. 24, 1831

Sarah Yorke

Abraham Van Buren

Nov. 27, 1838

Angelica Singleton

Elizabeth Tyler

Jan. 31, 1842

William Nevison Waller

Nellie Grant

May 21, 1874

Algernon Charles Satoris

Frederick Grant

Oct. 20, 1874

Ida Marie Honore

Alice Roosevelt

Feb. 17, 1906

Rep. Nicholas Longworth

Jessie Wilson

Nov. 25, 1913

Frances Bowes Sayre

Eleanor Wilson

May 7, 1914

William Gibbs McAdoo

Anna Roosevelt

Jan. 1935

John Boettiger

Elliot Roosevelt

July 22, 1933

Ruth Googins

FDR, Jr.

June 30, 1937

Ethel duPont

John Roosevelt

June 18, 1938

Anne Lindsay Clark

James Roosevelt

April 14, 1941

Romelle Schneider

Elliot Roosevelt

Dec. 3,1944

Faye Emerson

Luci Baines Johnson

Aug. 6, 1966 

Patrick John Nugent

Lynda Bird Johnson

Dec. 9, 1967

Charles Spittal Robb

Tricia Nixon

June 12, 1971

Edward Ridley Finch Cox

Maureen Reagan

April 25, 1981

Dennis Revell

Patti Davis

Aug. 14, 1984

Paul Grilley

Dorothy Walker Bush

June 26, 1992

Robert Koch

Jenna Bush

May 10, 2008

Henry Hager

Doug Wead is a presidential historian and author of 30 books including The New York Times Best seller, "All the Presidents’ Children." See www.dougwead.wordpress.com.

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