The Youngest Kids to Ever Live at the White House (and Where Barron Trump Falls on the List)
As the 44th president to call the White House home (George Washington oversaw the construction, but never lived there), Donald Trump isn’t the first POTUS to take up residence with a young child in tow. In fact, there have been plenty of first kids who’ve grown up at the country’s most famous address.
From teens to toddlers, we’re counting down the youngest children to ever live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Read on to find out where Barron Trump falls (page 6) and to discover which first lady actually gave birth in the White House (page 14).
14. The Bush children
- George W. Bush’s presidency: 2001-2009
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 19
Jenna and Barbara Bush spent plenty of time at the White House, though they never lived there full-time. At 19 years old, the Bush twins were already in college by the time their parents moved in; Jenna at the University of Texas at Austin and Barbara at Yale University.
Despite that, the Bush girls still managed to make some pretty special memories there. Jenna, for instance, said she had her first kiss with her husband on the White House roof. How many people can say that?
Next: More teens who took over the White House.
13. The Ford children
- Gerald Ford’s presidency: 1974-1977
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 17, 18 (and 22, 24)
With Gerald and Betty Ford’s children spanning the ages of 17 to 24, the Ford kids aren’t the youngest first kids ever, but they sure were entertaining. While the oldest two, John and Michael, were already out of the house by the time their father became president, the younger two, Steven (18) and Susan (17) were in the midst of their wild teenage years. And boy, did they make the White House their own.
Susan, for instance, hosted her high school prom at the White House. And her brother, Steven? Well, he didn’t let the last of his teenage years go by unnoticed, either. In fact, Steve Ford has since joked about his time there, reminiscing about nights spent on the roof, blasting Led Zeppelin from the stereo.
Next: This family moved into the White House under unfortunate circumstances.
12. The Johnson children
- Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency: 1963-1969
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 16 (and 19)
Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, “Lady Bird,” had two daughters; Lynda was 19 and Luci was 16 when their father became president. But because Johnson became president immediately after JFK was assassinated, Luci’s transition into life as a first daughter was a swift one.
Of her experience living at the White House, Luci said, “For me it was the best of times and the worst of times, but it’s a march through history, and there’s not a moment you live there that you are able to be oblivious to that.”
Next: This president lost a child too soon.
11. The Coolidge children
- Calvin Coolidge’s presidency: 1923-1929
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 15 and 17
When Calvin Coolidge became president, he had two living children. Sadly, that wouldn’t be the case by the time he and his wife, Grace, left office. His oldest son, John, was 17 at the time, and his younger son, Calvin Jr., was 15.
Tragically, though, Calvin Jr. died from a blood infection in 1924. He was just 16 years old.
Next: The media couldn’t get enough of this youngster.
10. The Clinton child
- Bill Clinton’s presidency: 1993-2001
- Ages of child at time of move-in: 12
About a month before her 13th birthday, Chelsea Clinton moved into the White House after her father’s first inauguration. As the only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Chelsea moved out when she was 17 to attend Stanford University.
Regarding her time at the White House, Chelsea Clinton says her childhood was surprisingly normal. She does, however, acknowledge the fact that she was part of an extraordinary history.
Next: Here’s how Trump’s kids compare.
9. The Trump children
- Donald Trump’s presidency: 2017-
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 11 (and 23 33, 35, 39)
The last four ages mentioned above refer to how old each of Donald Trump’s adult children — Tiffany, Eric, Ivana, and Donald Jr. — were at the time of his inauguration. But Barron’s case is a bit different.
As the only Trump kid still living at home, Barron didn’t move into the White House right away. Although he was 10 years old when his father became president, he and his mother, Melania, stayed in their New York home for several months. In March, 2017, Barron turned 11, and he and Melania finally moved into the White House in June, 2017.
Next: Only one of this president’s children got to enjoy the White House.
8. The Taft children
- William Howard Taft’s presidency: 1909-1913
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 11 (and 18, 20)
William Howard Taft’s oldest children, Robert and Helen, were 20 and 18, respectively, when their father took office. And that meant their younger brother, Charles, was the only child who really got to enjoy the perks of living at the White House. Charles moved in when he was just 11 years old.
Next: This president had his entire brood under the same roof.
7. The Grant children
- Ulysses S. Grant’s presidency: 1869-1877
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 11, 14, 17, and 19
Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, had four children. Spanning the ages of 11 to 19, all the Grant children — Frederick, Ulysses Jr., Nellie, and Jesse — lived at the White House.
Next: This first daughter spent four years in the White House.
6. The Carter children
- Jimmy Carter’s presidency: 1977-1981
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 9 (and 25, 27, and 30)
Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, had four kids, three of whom — Donnel, James, and Jack — were already adults when their father became president. Amy, who was the youngest of the Carter children, was the only one to move into the White House with her parents. She was 9 when she moved in and 14 when she moved out.
Next: Father Abe
5. The Lincoln children
- Abraham Lincoln’s presidency: 1861-1865
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 8, 11, 15, and 18
Even though Abraham Lincoln’s two eldest children, Robert and Edward, were only teenagers, they may not have lived in the White House during their father’s term. After all, times were quite different back then.
What we do know for sure, though, is that the two youngest children, William and Thomas (Tad), spent four years there. Tad, whose father gave him the nickname because he was as “wriggly as a tadpole,” was 8 years old when he moved into the White House.
Next: This America saw these girls grow up.
4. The Obama children
- Barack Obama’s presidency: 2009-2016
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 7 and 10
When the Obama family took up residence at the White House, Malia was 10 and Sasha was 7. Having spent eight years there, the Obama girls were 18 and 15, respectively, when they moved out. And even though growing up at the White House would certainly have its challenges, the Obama girls did so gracefully.
“They’ve handled it so well,” Obama said of his girls having grown up as first kids. “They are just wonderful girls. They’re smart and funny, but most importantly, they’re kind.” Oh Obama, always the doting dad.
Next: This family had lots of kids running around.
3. The Roosevelt children
- Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency: 1901-1909
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, and 17
At the start of his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt had all six of his children living under one roof. Alice Lee Roosevelt, who was 17 at the time, was the daughter of Roosevelt’s first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee, who sadly died two days after giving birth.
Describing his daughter, Alice, as a bit of a rebel, Roosevelt said, “I can be president of the United States — or — I can attend to Alice. I cannot possibly do both!” In addition to Alice, Roosevelt had five other children with his second wife, Edith Kermit Carow.
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2. The Kennedy children
- John F. Kennedy’s presidency: 1961-1963
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 1 and 3
During their three years in office, John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy raised some of the youngest children to ever live at the White House. And it was a memorable time, indeed. In fact, Caroline and John Jr.’s early years have been captured in iconic photos that will forever hold a special place in American history.
Furthermore, and in addition to moving into the White House with two little ones — John Jr. was born on Nov. 25, 1960, in between JFK’s election and inauguration — the Kennedys are one of only two first families to have been pregnant during their presidential term.
Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was born six weeks early on August 7, 1963. Tragically, he died two days later and just three months before JFK’s assassination. (The couple also had Arabella, who was stillborn, in 1956.)
Next: The only first lady to give birth in the White House
1. The Cleveland children
- Grover Cleveland’s presidency: 1885-1889, 1893-1897
- Ages of children at time of move-in: 2 (with two more born during a presidential term)
Grover Cleveland (49) married his wife, Frances (21), during his first term in 1886. And then, during Cleveland’s presidential interim — he’s the first and only president to have served two nonconsecutive presidential terms — their oldest child, Ruth, was born. Ruth was 2 years old when they moved into the White House for the second time.
Furthermore, Francis became the first first lady to give birth while her husband was president; she’s the only other first lady to do so aside from Jackie Kennedy. In 1893, Francis gave birth to Esther, the only child of a president to ever be born inside the White House. Marion was born in 1895, also during Cleveland’s second term, but not inside the White House itself. After they left the White House, the couple had two more children.
Next: Who will be next?
Whose children will be the next White House residents?
Plenty of kids have run through the White House halls. But there’s always room for more. So, who will be the next family to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue their home base? From Kanye West’s kids to an encore stay by Barron Trump, it’s anybody’s guess.
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