This Was the Shortest U.S. Presidential Marriage of All Time
Presidents and their families can be quite fascinating. Although they’re just like us, they can also be very different from us regular folks.
Here are some interesting presidential marriage facts and a few other facts about U.S. presidents you can impress your friends with at your next dinner party. Don’t miss the shortest presidential marriage of all time (page 15).
This was the youngest president to get married
It seems like president tied the knot at a pretty young age back in the day. The president who got married at the youngest age was Andrew Johnson. On May 17, 1827, he married Eliza McCardle when he was just 18 years and 126 days old.
The former president met his wife while seeking employment as a tailor. McCardle came from a highly educated family, but Johnson came from a poor family and they couldn’t afford to send him to school. McCardle helped him improve his reading and writing skills and she encouraged him to pursue a career in politics.
Next: This president remained a bachelor.
This president never married
James Buchanan is the only U.S. president who never married. In 1819, Buchanan was engaged to Ann Coleman. However, she called off the wedding the same year after hearing rumors Buchanan was seeing other women. After her death (presumed to be a suicide), he vowed he would never marry.
Although he remained unmarried, he did have a first lady. This role was taken on by his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston. She served as the White House hostess. Johnston also used her role as a platform to draw attention to social causes.
Next: Her name was associated with controversy.
The wife of this president was still married to someone else
Rachel Jackson, the wife of Andrew Jackson, made a name for herself, but not for the right reasons. Rachel married Lewis Robards in March 1785. The couple later separated. During this time, she met Andrew Jackson. In 1791, they moved to Mississippi and got married.
However, Rachel’s previous marriage hadn’t been dissolved. She and her new husband thought Robards had completed the divorce process, but he hadn’t. Robards later completed the proceedings in 1793. Rachel and Andrew then remarried on January 7, 1794.
Next: He was single when he became president.
This president was a bachelor when elected, but got hitched later
Grover Cleveland was a bachelor when he first took office in 1886. He later married Frances Folsom during his first term. Cleveland became the only president to have a wedding ceremony at the White House. However, he is not the only president to get married during his time in office. Presidents John Tyler and Woodrow Wilson were also married while in office.
Next: There were a few years between them.
This first couple has the widest age gap
The award for the largest age difference between a president and his wife goes to John Tyler, who was 54 years 88 days old when he married, and his second wife, Julia Gardiner, who was 24 years 52 days old. They had an age difference of 30 years 36 days.
Another couple that has a large age gap is Donald and Melania Trump. Donald is just five years younger than Melania’s father, Viktor Knavs. Melania was born in 1970 and Donald was born in 1946. This gives them a 24-year age gap.
Next: This marriage happened between family members.
This president married his cousin
Franklin Delano Roosevelt married his fifth cousin once removed, Eleanor Roosevelt, on March 17, 1905. After the death of her parents, Eleanor was raised by extended family. She and Franklin met for first time when she was two years old and he was four. Over the years, the two became quite close. In 1903, when Franklin was 22 years old, he proposed to Eleanor, who was just 19 at the time.
Next: They were married for a long time.
This is the longest presidential marriage so far
The longest presidential marriage to date is that of George H.W. Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush. They were married on January 6, 1945 until her death on April 17, 2018. During a news conference shortly after her death, President Donald Trump joked that he would “never beat that record.”
Next: He is the youngest president to do this.
This was the youngest president to remarry
The youngest president to remarry was Theodore Roosevelt. He married Edith Kermit Carow when he was 28 years 35 days old. This was his second wife. Roosevelt and Carow were childhood sweethearts who reunited and married two years after the death of Roosevelt’s first wife, Alice.
Next: Two presidents have done this.
These 2 presidents have been divorced
Only two U.S. presidents have been divorced. The first divorced president was Ronald Reagan. He married his first wife, actress Jane Wyman, in 1940 and then divorced in 1949. He then married Nancy Reagan in 1952. They remained married until his death on June 5, 2004.
The second divorced president is Donald Trump, who has been divorced twice.
Next: They were late to do this.
These presidents married late in life
The president who married for the first time at the latest age was Grover Cleveland. He married Frances Folsom when he was 49 years 75 days old. Benjamin Harrison married his second wife when he was 62 years 228 days old. This was roughly three years after he retired.
Next: She was the youngest to do this.
This first lady married at the youngest age
The first lady who married at the youngest age was Eliza McCardle Johnson. She was 16 years and 212 days old when she married Andrew Johnson. The couple married on May 17, 1827. Andrew Johnson was just 17 years old at the time.
Next: She was the youngest.
This was the youngest first lady of the United States
Frances Folsom Cleveland was the youngest first lady of the United States. She was just 21 when she married President Grover Cleveland on June 2, 1886. Their wedding was held in the Blue Room of the White House. After Cleveland died in 1908, Frances remarried in 1913. She died on October 29, 1947.
Next: She was the oldest.
This was the oldest first lady of the United States
Barbara Bush, who was born June 8, 1925, was the oldest first lady of the United States. She was 63 years and 7 months old at the time of George H.W. Bush’s inauguration on January 20, 1989. Before that, Florence Harding was the oldest first lady of the United States. She was 60 years and 6 months old at the time of Warren Harding’s inauguration on March 04, 1921.
Next: He had the most marriages.
This president has had the most marriages
Donald Trump has the distinction of being the president with the most marriages. He has been married three times. He was married his first wife, Ivana, from 1977 to 1992. The was then married to his second wife, Marla Maples from 1993 to 1999. Trump married his current wife, Melania, 2005.
Next: This was the shortest marriage.
This was the shortest presidential marriage
Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife Alice Hathaway Lee had the shortest presidential marriage. They were married on October 27, 1880 (Roosevelt’s 22nd birthday). Roosevelt and Hathaway were only married for 3 years 109 days. She died February 14, 1884, two days after the birth of their first child.
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