By | July 11, 2019
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.
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.