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White House Weddings
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According to one official source, there have been nineteen White House weddings, including nine presidential children and one president, Grover Cleveland. Two other presidents were married outside the White House during their time in office, John Tyler and Woodrow Wilson. The number nineteen, however, is not definitive.
The problem with this official count is that no one, including the White House office of protocol, will produce the definitive list. Several times I have started my own list of White House weddings and had to abandon the process. There are just too many contradictions and unknowns about the cousins, employees and visiting guests of the presidential families who were married on the White House grounds in the early years.
In recent times there has been more control and accountability. But even now, there are rumors of a secret service agent who secreted his bride and a justice of the peace into the West Wing for a quick ceremony. On May 28, 1994, Tony Rodham, the brother of First Lady Hillary Clinton, married Nicole Boxer, the daughter of California Senator, Barbara Boxer, in a White House ceremony.
This website lists the most prominent White House weddings and the weddings of presidential children married during their father's term in office.
- Doug Wead