Five Super-Presidential Marriages in U.S. History

On December 22, 1968, Julie Nixon married David Eisenhower at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Here are 5 political marriages that intertwined in surprising ways throughout the years...

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David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Started Dating in College David Eisenhower, the grandson of Dwight Eisenhower, and Julie Nixon, the daughter of Richard Nixon, had become acquainted during the Republican National Convention in 1956. They started dating in 1966 while they were both attending college. It was reported that when David Eisenhower went to Smith College, where Julie Nixon was a student, he announced to a security guard “David Eisenhower here to see Julie Nixon”, the guard thought it was a joke responding, “Yeah, and my name is Harry S. Truman.”

The Daughter of George Washington’s Stepson Married an Interesting Fellow Although George Washington had no children, he treated Martha’s children from her previous marriage just like his own, going so far as to adopt George Washington Parke Custis, who was his step-grandson. Custis’ daughter, Mary Anna, married Robert E. Lee, who was her third cousin. That was an interesting family connection, especially since the great-great-grandmother of Lee was the great aunt of Thomas Jefferson.

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Zachary Taylor’s Daughter Married a Man Who Was Famous During the Civil War Sarah Knox Taylor, one of Zachary Taylor’s daughters, fell hard for Lieutenant Jefferson Davis, who was his second-in-command and later became the President of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Davis served as Colonel under the command of General Zachary Taylor in the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista during the Mexican–American War. In 1835, the young couple married, despite hesitation by her parents. However, the new bride contracted malaria quickly after her marriage and died three months later. 

William Henry Harrison Was Benjamin Harrison’s Grandfather Benjamin Harrison served as the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He was a grandson of the ninth president, William Henry Harrison, creating the only grandfather–grandson duo to have held the office. Benjamin’s daughter, married James Blaine Walker, the grandnephew of James G. Blaine, her father’s secretary of state. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Married His Cousin Here’s a twist. How about a presidential relative who married another presidential relative, and then later became president himself. Did you follow all of that? Here is what happened: Teddy Roosevelt’s niece, Anna, married his fifth cousin, Franklin. You probably know them better as FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. That's right, Franklin Delano Roosevelt married his fifth cousin once removed, Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1905.