Length of Marriage at Inauguration

  • William Henry Harrison and his wife, Anna, had been married the longest when he was sworn-in at 45 years, 102 days.
  • John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, had been married for the shortest period when he was inaugurated at 7 years 130 days, unless you count...
  • ...Grover Cleveland and his wife, Frances, who married during his first term. For his second of two non-consecutive inaugurations they had been married for 6 years 275 days.
  • Four presidents were widowers when they took office.
  • John Tyler and Woodrow Wilson became widowers during their terms and remarried before leaving office.
  • Benjamin Harrison became a widower while in office and remarried after leaving office.
  • James Buchanan never married.

Rank#PresidentLength of Marriage at Inauguration
19William Henry Harrison45 years 134 days
241George H. W. Bush44 years 14 days
312Zachary Taylor38 years 256 days
417Andrew Johnson37 years 334 days
534Dwight D. Eisenhower36 years 203 days
623Benjamin Harrison35 years 135 days
72John Adams32 years 130 days
85James Monroe31 years 16 days
939Jimmy Carter30 years 197 days
101George Washington30 years 114 days
1131Herbert Hoover30 years 22 days
1229Warren G. Harding29 years 239 days
1336Lyndon B. Johnson29 years 5 days
1440Ronald Reagan28 years 322 days
1537Richard M. Nixon28 years 213 days
1610John Tyler28 years 165 days
1732Franklin D. Roosevelt27 years 352 days
1828Woodrow Wilson27 years 253 days
196John Quincy Adams27 years 221 days
2025William McKinley26 years 38 days
2138Gerald R. Ford25 years 298 days
2233Harry S. Truman25 years 289 days
2313Millard Fillmore24 years 154 days
2419Rutherford B. Hayes24 years 64 days
2543George W. Bush23 years 76 days
2627William H. Taft22 years 258 days
2720James A. Garfield22 years 113 days
2811James K. Polk21 years 63 days
2918Ulysses S. Grant20 years 194 days
3016Abraham Lincoln18 years 120 days
3114Franklin Pierce18 years 105 days
3230Calvin Coolidge17 years 302 days
3342Bill Clinton17 years 101 days
3444Barack Obama16 years 110 days
3526Theodore Roosevelt14 years 286 days
364James Madison14 years 171 days
3745Donald J. Trump13 years 254 days
3835John F. Kennedy7 years 130 days
3924Grover Cleveland6 years 275 days
-3Thomas JeffersonWidowed
-7Andrew JacksonWidowed
-8Martin Van BurenWidowed
-21Chester A. ArthurWidowed
-15James BuchananUnmarried
-22Grover ClevelandUnmarried

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