Childless Presidents

By | July 11, 2019

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John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963), American president-elect, with his wife Jacqueline (1929 - 1994) at the christening of their son John F Jr. (1960 - 1999) in Washington. Source: (

When we elect a president to lead our country, we are also, indirectly, electing a first family that includes presidential children ... usually. Nearly all of our former presidents balanced the demands of being the Commander-in-Chief with fatherhood, but not all. Did you know that five of our former presidents did not father children? Let's look at the childless presidents of the U.S.

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George Washington was deeply distressed that he and Martha did not have children. Source: (

George Washington

He may have been the father of our country, but he wasn't a biological father. George Washington was 26 when he married Martha Dandridge Custis, an older widow with two young children. Although Washington raised his step-children, George and Martha didn't have any offspring of their own. Historians have two theories as to why this is. One theory claims that a bout with smallpox several years prior to his marriage had left him sterile. The other theory suggests that Martha was no longer able to conceive after a difficult and traumatic labor and delivery with her second child.