Presidential Children: Post-White House Years

The sons and daughters of United States presidents, most of whom were children and teenagers when they followed their parents into the White House, each made a life for themselves away from the shadow of their famous fathers. See how the former first children lived post-White House.

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Margaret Truman, left, and her mother Bess look over the shoulder of then-Sen. Harry S. Truman in Kansas City as he makes a chart of election returns heard over the radio, Nov. 7, 1944. The Trumans entered the White House as its first family when Franklin. D. Roosevelt unexpectedly died just 82 days into the fourth term of his presidency.
Margaret Truman, the only child of former President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess, entered the White House as a first daughter at the age of 21 before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from George Washington University two years later. Truman was a concert singer, actress, mystery writer and a radio and TV personality. She died Jan. 29, 2008, at age 83.
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Dwight, Mamie and John Eisenhower, the Eisenhowers' second son, is seen in Manila, Philippines. Dwight Eisenhower, who became the 34th president of the United States, admitted Hawaii as the 50th state on March 18, 1959.
John Eisenhower, the only surviving son of Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as an Army officer in WWII and the Korean War, before he became a White House advisor on national security affairs and, later, historian.
President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis posed with their children, Caroline and John Jr., after attending Easter Sunday church services in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 15, 1963.
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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during a signing ceremony for the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) between Japan and the U.S. in Tokyo on Sept. 26, 2016. Kennedy, the only surviving child of John F. Kennedy, became ambassador in 2013.
President Lyndon B. Johnson, far right, poses with his daughters Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, far left, as well as first lady "Lady Bird" Johnson on the White House South lawn in Washington, D.C. April 27, 1964.
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Lyndon Johnson's daughters continued to uphold their family's legacy years after their father's death. Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, left, became the first lady of Virginia after marrying former Virginia Gov. Charles Robb, while her sister Luci Baines Johnson, right, managed the Johnson family business as the chairwoman of LBJ Holding Co.'s board of directors.
David Eisenhower, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, former President Richard Nixon, Pat Nixon and Tricia Nixon Cox pose in this 1969 family photo.
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Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower pose for a photo with the birthday cake during President Nixon's 100th Birthday Gala on Jan. 9, 2013, in Washington. Cox and Eisenhower both serve as board members to the Richard Nixon Foundation following life after the White House.
U.S. President Gerald Ford, center, poses with his family in the White House's Oval Office after he was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States, in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 9, 1974. From left to right: son John Ford, son Steven Ford, first lady Betty Ford, President Gerald Ford, daughter Susan Ford and daughter-in-law Gayle Ford with husband Michael Ford.
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Jack Ford, Susan Ford Bales, Michael Ford, and Steven Ford, children of late President Gerald R. Ford, descend the steps of the Senate as they escort their father's casket from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. Most of the Ford children led relatively quiet lives outside of the White House, with Michael Ford working as a college administrator and minister, Susan Ford Bales a photojournalist and Jack Ford a businessman. Steven Ford, meanwhile, was an actor familiar to fans of "The Young and the Restless," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Heat."
U.S. President Jimmy Carter with his wife, Rosalynn, and daughter, Amy, 9, pose together at their home in Plains, Georgia, on Dec. 5, 1976.
Amy Carter, right, is seen with husband Jay Kelly and son Hugo Carter backstage before the Willie Nelson and B.B. King concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater on July 27, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia. After a brief period of political activism as a student attending Brown University, Carter has since led a life completely away from the public eye.
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U.S. President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan pose outdoors with their family at Nancy's birthday party in Rancho Del Cielo, California. From left: son Michael Reagan, President Ronald Reagan, grandson Cameron Reagan, daughter-in-law Colleen Reagan, granddaughter Ashley Marie Reagan, first lady Nancy Reagan, son Ron Reagan, daughter-in-law Doria Palmieri, Paul Grilley and Patti Davis.
Like their father, the children of Ronald Reagan spent much of their adult life in the public sphere. Maureen Reagan (far left), eldest daughter of Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman, ran an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1981 before becoming an advocate for patients with Alzheimer's. Michael Reagan, the adopted son of Reagan and Wyman, worked as a radio talk show and political commentator. Patti Davis, the oldest daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, was an actress and author while her younger brother, Ron Reagan, worked as a journalist and television talk show host.
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George H.W. Bush and his daughter, Dorothy, sit on the living room floor playing with a dog at the Bushes' Houston, Texas, family home, while Marvin, Jeb, Barbara, Neil, and George W. Bush look on.
Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, accompanied by his brother former President George W. Bush, takes the stage during a campaign stop Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in North Charleston, South Carolina. George W. Bush and Jeb Bush are perhaps the most well known of George H. W. Bush's children, with George W. Bush following his father's footsteps to the presidency after Bill Clinton left the White House, and Jeb Bush running unsuccessfully for his chance at the presidency during the 2016 election season.
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Former president George W. Bush holds his twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, born 1981 in Dallas, Texas.
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Jenna Bush Hager, left, and Barbara Bush attend Jony And Marc's (RED) Auction at Sotheby's on Nov. 23, 2013, in New York City. The Bush twins were both 19 when their father became the 43rd president of the United States. Bush went on to start the nonprofit Global Health Corps, while Bush Hager became a correspondent for NBC's "Today" show.
In the handout photo provided by the White House, President Bush, Laura Bush, former President George H. W. Bush, and former first lady Barbara Bush pose for a portrait with members of their extended family in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005.
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President Clinton, daughter Chelsea Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton wave to supporters Wed. Nov. 6, 1996, before leaving Little Rock, Arkansas. Clinton's re-election marked the first time since 1944 that a Democratic president has won re-election.
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Chelsea Clinton delivers a speech during the annual Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 21, 2016 in New York City. Clinton worked as a vice-chair for the initiative that her father, former President Bill Clinton founded, juggling her responsibilities with the foundation with her work for NBC News as a special correspondent. Clinton was also an avid supporter of her mother's bid for the presidency, stumping on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton before Donald Trump ultimately won the White House on Nov. 8, 2016.
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U.S. President elect Barack Obama stands on stage along with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia, second from right, and Sasha, second from left, during an election night gathering in Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois. Obama defeated Republican nominee Sen. John McCain and became the nation's first African-American U.S. president.
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U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia, far left, and Sasha, far right, pose for a family portrait with their pets Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Barbara and Jenna Hager Bush, former first daughters under George W. Bush's presidency, wrote a letter to Sasha and Malia before their White House exit, welcoming both to "another rarified club, one of former first children—a position you didn’t seek and one with no guidelines."
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Donald Trump, wife Melania Trump and son Baron Trump attend the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 16, 2007 in Hollywood, California. Baron, the youngest of Trump's five children, will be the only Trump child eligible to live in the White House as the sitting president's son.
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Donald Trump, fourth left, poses with his family after announcing his intention to run for president of the United States, in the lobby of Trump Tower, New York, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. From left: son Eric Trump, with his wife Lara Yunaska; Donald Trump's son Barron Trump, wife Melania Trump; Vanessa Haydon and her husband Donald Trump Jr.; daughter Ivanka Trump with her husband Jared Kushner; daughter Tiffany Trump. In the front row are Kai Trump and Donald Trump III, children of Donald Trump Jr. Barron Trump, as the youngest of Trump's children, will be the only Trump child eligible to live in the White House with his father.
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