Trump’s Marriage May Be on the Rocks, but This U.S. President Had Even More Marriage Trouble

Melania and Donald Trump are like most couples — their marriage isn’t perfect. The president doesn’t have anything close to a spotless record when it comes to his wives, since he’s now on his third.

He isn’t the only U.S. president who has dealt with a rocky marriage, though (wait till you see who made No. 1 on our list). Ronald Reagan was the only other divorcee to take office, but these commanders-in-chief might have been happier separated from their significant others.

7. Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon addressing the public.

Richard Nixon wasn’t free from scandal. | Keystone/Getty Images

Donald Trump certainly isn’t the only U.S. president who has ever been accused of sexual harassment. Richard Nixon may never have admitted to any sort of misconduct, but some sources claim he may have had an affair while in office.

Next: This president never married at all.

6. James Buchanan

James Buchanan in a painting.

James Buchanan never married. | CBS Sunday Morning via YouTube

James Buchanan, the fifteenth president of the United States, is to date the only commander-in-chief who remained a bachelor throughout his term — and his life.

He was at one point engaged to a woman, but it likely ended due to his affair with another. Some speculate that the former president may have been gay, though it’s never been confirmed. He formed a close relationship with a male senator while serving in Congress, but we may never know the details surrounding their affairs.

Next: He married someone almost 30 years younger than him.

5. Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland in a black and white photograph.

This president married a much younger woman. | National Archive/Newsmakers/Getty Images

President Cleveland didn’t marry until he was already over a year into his first term. He won his election — and the affection of his wife — despite having an illegitimate child.

On June 2, 1886, he married Frances Folsom, who was 21 at the time (he was 49). They were the only presidential couple to have a White House ceremony. The two had known each other her whole life, which could explain away the age difference.

Next: His wife was a non-traditional first lady.

4. Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford reaching forward while sitting in his desk.

They had a difficult marriage. | STR/AFP/Getty Images

Betty Ford’s first marriage ended in divorce, and she married former president Gerald Ford in 1948, years before the two entered the White House.

She often received criticism for her outspokenness on subjects like abortion and divorce. Throughout their marriage, she battled alcohol and prescription drug addictions, but the two stayed together until his death in 2006.

Next: He may have had an affair, and has been accused of sexual misconduct.

3. George H.W. Bush

George H.W Bush and his wife at a media event.

Was he keeping the affair a secret? | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

George and Barbara Bush have been married longer than any other presidential couple to date. It’s no surprise that some of the over 70 years they’ve been together might not have been perfect.

Some sources say that Bush had an affair with his former assistant, Jennifer Fitzgerald, while in the White House. Both still deny these claims. Even if it were confirmed, and the former first lady had been aware of it previously, they have chosen not to discuss it.

Next: He faced a scandal that should have ended his marriage.

2. Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton waves at a crowd while standing next to Hilary Clinton.

The affair led to public scandal. | Tim Clary/AFP/Getty Images

It’s next to impossible to hear Bill Clinton’s name and not immediately think of Monica Lewinsky. Their “inappropriate relationship” first became the subject of public scrutiny in 1998 and likely strained, but did not end, his marriage.

Hillary Clinton learned to cope with her heartbreak, even though the affair is still widely discussed 20 years later.

Next: This president married a woman who was still married to someone else.

1. Andrew Jackson

President Andrew Jackson in a portrait.

Rachel Donelson Robards married Andrew Jackson before completely divorcing her former husband. | Wikimedia Commons

Rachel Donelson Robards was still technically married to her husband Lewis when she and Andrew Jackson eloped in 1789. She reportedly chose to leave her unhappy marriage, even though the Jacksons’ marriage didn’t become legal until 1794.

His wife’s behavior could have jeopardized Jackson’s initial campaign, but the American people still elected their seventh president in 1829.

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