Almost First Lady
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White House Weddings.
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While numerous sons of presidents pursued political careers, only three daughters found themselves on their own fast track to First Lady.
Alice Roosevelt, first daughter to president Theodore Roosevelt, married Ohio, U.S. Representative Nicholas Longworth. He went onto become the Speaker of the House and a presidential contender.
Eleanor "Nellie" Wilson, daughter of president Woodrow Wilson, came the closest of all presidential offspring to claim the title of First Lady. Eleanor, then 23 years old, married William Gibbs McAdoo, her father's Secretary of Treasury, a 50 year old grandfather, on May 7, 1914. They would have two children together.
McAdoo would be elected Senator from California and twice nominated for president. Two times, in 1920 and 1924, he led the voting for the presidential nomination on the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention. In 1924, with help from the Klu Klux Klan, then a powerful force in Democrat politics, he came very close to victory.
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
Married to a White House military aide, Chuck Robb, on December 9, 1967, Lynda has been active politically and socially. Her husband Chuck Robb went on to become the Lt. Governor and then Governor of Virginia and a two term Senator from the State.
in 1985, Chuck Robb co-founded the Democrat Leadership Council, calling for a less left leaning party. The Council was so successful that many expected it to catapult Robb into the presidency but partisan wrangling and scandals in Virginia scuttled that possibility and fellow Council member, Bill Clinton became their man instead and went on to win the White House.
All three presidential daughters - almost First Ladies - would see their husbands scandalized in the newspapers and tabloids over infidelities.
Alice and Nicholas would have what one described as "an open marriage."
Nellie Wilson would eventually divorce her husband but remain stoic and supportive throughout his public career.
Lynda Bird Robb would retain her dignity and her silence throughout her husband's travails and they would remain married.