These Are the Longest-Lasting Presidential Marriages
There have only been two divorced U.S. presidents in the nation’s history. Only one former president, James Buchanan, never married. Despite the stress that comes with the job, many former and current presidential marriages have lasted 40 years or more. The longest presidential marriage in history, still going strong, has lasted over 70 years.
Here are the marriages between presidents and first ladies that have lasted the longest.
15. Calvin and Grace Coolidge — 27 years
Calvin Coolidge married his wife Grace on October 4, 1905. The couple remained together until the former president’s death on January 5, 1933.
Next: Their marriage survived for over 30 years.
14. Warren and Florence Harding — 32 years
Warren Harding married wife Florence Harding on July 8, 1891. They stayed married until his death on August 2, 1923. The former first lady survived just over a year without her husband, dying in late 1924 at the age of 64. Harding was her second husband.
Next: They didn’t quite make it to 40 years, but they came close.
13. Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson — 39 years
Lyndon married Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson on November 17, 1934. They remained together for nearly 40 years, until the former president died on January 22, 1973.
Next: This first lady was related to a president before marrying a future one.
12. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt — 40 years
Franklin Delano Roosevelt married first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on March 17, 1905. They were married for 40 years, until FDR’s death on April 12, 1945.
Next: This marriage has survived an infamous sex scandal.
11. Bill and Hillary Clinton — 42 years
Bill and Hillary Clinton married on October 11, 1975. The two remain married despite the drama surrounding the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998.
Next: His presidency happened near the middle of their married life together.
10. William Howard Taft and Helen Taft — 43 years
William Howard Taft married wife Helen Taft on June 19, 1886. They stayed together until President Taft’s death on March 8, 1930.
Next: They were married for many years before his first presidential campaign changed everything.
9. Herbert and Lou Hoover — 44 years
Herbert Hoover married his wife Lou on February 10, 1899. They remained married until her death on January 7, 1944.
Next: This presidential marriage lasted for over 50 years.
8. Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower — 52 years
Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower were married on July 1, 1916. They stayed together until the former president died on March 28, 1969. She died a decade later on November 1, 1979.
Next: This former president and first lady have both passed away in the past 15 years.
7. Ronald and Nancy Reagan — 52 years
Nancy was not Ronald Reagan’s first marriage, but they were still together for just over 52 years. They were married on March 6, 1952 until the former president’s death on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan remained unmarried until her death in 2016.
Next: His wife survived him by a decade.
6. Harry and Bess Truman — 53 years
Harry and Elizabeth “Bess” Truman married on June 28, 1919. They stayed married for 53 years until President Truman’s death on December 26, 1972. She lived another 10 years without him before her death on October 18, 1982.
Next: This couple was also married for 53 years.
5. Richard and Pat Nixon — 53 years
Richard Nixon married Thelma “Pat” Nixon on June 21, 1940. They remained married until the former first lady’s death on June 22, 1993.
Next: Their marriage lasted longer than many couples of their era.
4. John and Abigail Adams — 54 years
John Adams married Abigail Adams when she was 19, on October 25, 1764. They were married until she died on October 28 1818, at the age of 73.
Next: They were married just shy of 60 years total.
3. Gerald and Betty Ford — 58 years
Gerald and Betty Ford married on October 15, 1948. They were married for 58 years before the former president’s death in 2006.
Next: They’ve been married over 70 years — and they still haven’t been married the longest.
2. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter — 72 years
Jimmy Carter married his wife Rosalynn Carter on July 7, 1946. They are both still living, and married. Only one other presidential couple has been together longer than they have.
Next: Their 73-year marriage is still going strong.
1. George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush — 73 years
George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush have been married longer than any other presidential pair in history. They’ve been together for 73 years as of 2018, since January of 1945. The Carters have only been married one year less.
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