Length of Marriage

  • On October 16, 2019 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter passed George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara's record for the longest marriage of 73 years 101 days.
  • The shortest marriage was Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice, which ended after 3 years 110 days when she passed away from Bright's disease shortly after the birth of their first child.
  • The average length of the presidents' marriages is 33 years.
  • James Buchanan is the only president to never have been married.
  • Richard M. Nixon's wife, Pat, died the day after their 53rd wedding anniversary.
  • Only Reagan and Trump have been divorced.
  • Six presidents have been married twice.
  • Only Trump has been married three times.
  • + Second marriage
  • ++ Third marriage
  • * indicates the president is still married. Those presidents' marriage lengths were calculated on October 20, 2019.

Rank#PresidentLength of Marriage
139Jimmy Carter73 years 105 days *
241George H. W. Bush73 years 101 days
338Gerald R. Ford58 years 72 days
418Ulysses S. Grant54 years 114 days
52John Adams54 years 3 days
633Harry S. Truman53 years 181 days
737Richard M. Nixon53 years 1 day
834Dwight D. Eisenhower52 years 270 days
940Ronald Reagan52 years 93 days +
106John Quincy Adams50 years 212 days
1117Andrew Johnson48 years 243 days
129William Henry Harrison45 years 134 days
1331Herbert Hoover44 years 331 days
145James Monroe44 years 219 days
1542Bill Clinton44 years 9 days *
1627William H. Taft43 years 262 days
1743George W. Bush41 years 349 days *
184James Madison41 years 287 days
191George Washington40 years 342 days
2032Franklin D. Roosevelt40 years 26 days
2112Zachary Taylor40 years 18 days
2223Benjamin Harrison39 years 5 days
2336Lyndon B. Johnson38 years 66 days
2419Rutherford B. Hayes36 years 177 days
257Andrew Jackson34 years 338 days
2626Theodore Roosevelt32 years 35 days +
2729Warren G. Harding32 years 25 days
2825William McKinley30 years 232 days
2910John Tyler29 years 165 days
3028Woodrow Wilson29 years 43 days
3114Franklin Pierce29 years 13 days
3230Calvin Coolidge27 years 93 days
3313Millard Fillmore27 years 53 days
3444Barack Obama27 years 18 days *
3511James K. Polk25 years 166 days
3620James A. Garfield22 years 312 days
3716Abraham Lincoln22 years 162 days
3822 & 24Grover Cleveland22 years 22 days
3921Chester A. Arthur20 years 79 days
4010John Tyler17 years 206 days +
4113Millard Fillmore16 years 26 days +
4245Donald J. Trump14 years 271 days ++ *
4345Donald J. Trump13 years 249 days
448Martin Van Buren11 years 349 days
453Thomas Jefferson10 years 249 days
4635John F. Kennedy10 years 71 days
4740Ronald Reagan9 years 154 days
4828Woodrow Wilson8 years 47 days +
4945Donald J. Trump5 years 170 days +
5023Benjamin Harrison4 years 341 days +
5126Theodore Roosevelt3 years 110 days
5215James BuchananNever married

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