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    ANN CURRY, co-host: Back now at 8:09. With Chelsea Clinton 's wedding just less than two weeks away, the buzz is out now. Will -- where will it be held? Who's invited? What will the bride wear? We've got Natalie upstairs with the latest details that

    we know about so far. Natalie: Yeah, good morning again, Ann. Well, some are actually calling it the wedding of the century. And ironically, Chelsea Clinton has never been one to really seek out the spotlight, but when your dad is a former president and your mom, of course, is secretary of state, well, your wedding then is bound to be quite an affair. The Clinton family knows a thing or two about national security, but keeping all the details of Chelsea 's wedding under wraps, that's near but impossible.

    NATALIE MORALES, anchor: This is as close to a royal wedding as America is going to see.

    Ms. JUNG LEE (Wedding Planner, Fete Event Planning): Chelsea , now 30, is marrying Marc Mezvinsky , an investment banker whose parents were both Democratic members of Congress . The bride and groom first met as teens but didn't become a couple until several years ago. The vows are set for the last day in July. Word leaked this month that it'll be held in a beautiful, secluded, Versailles -style mansion about two hours north of New York City .

    MORALES: Astor Court is located in Rhinebeck and it is beautiful. There is 30 acres that surrounds it and it overlooks the Hudson River .

    Ms. LEE: There's plenty of curiosity about the elite guest list, with reports it will include A-listers from Washington to Hollywood .

    MORALES: We've heard Kate Capshaw , Steven Spielberg , Ted Turner , Barbra Streisand . President Obama has been invited. His press secretary, however, has said he will not attend. Who knows if that will change?

    Ms. LYNNLEY BROWNING (Contributor, The Daily Beast): In Pakistan this weekend, Secretary Clinton , the mother of the bride , spoke to Andrea Mitchell .

    MORALES: Your message to all of those people out there waiting for that invitation, A-listers, B-listers.

    ANDREA MITCHELL reporting: Well, we love you all, but this is her wedding .

    Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON: Chelsea , the Clinton 's only child, has come a long way from the teenager who grew up in the White House . Today she has an elegant poise and style and an impressive career as a hedge fund manager to match, a bride who knows who she is and what she wants on her big day .

    MORALES: My daughter has really taken hold of it. She knows what she wants and how she wants to have it come off.

    Sec. CLINTON: The former president, your husband, performed a wedding ceremony . Should we assume that he's not going to be officiating at this one?

    MITCHELL: You should assume that if he makes it down the aisle in one piece, it's a -- it's a -- it's a major accomplishment. He is going -- you know, he's going to be so emotional, as am I. But we're both looking forward to it and very -- you know, very happy about it.

    Sec. CLINTON: So a lot of you may be wondering what about the wedding dress . Well, sources say Chelsea will wear a custom-designed dress made by Oscar de la Renta . Ann. ..

    MORALES: All right, Natalie .

    CURRY: ...she's going to make for a beautiful bride .

    MORALES: All right, Natalie . Thank you so much . Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote about the Clinton wedding in Sunday's New York Times . Sheryl , good morning.

    CURRY: Good morning.

    Ms. SHERYL GAY STOLBERG (New York Times White House Correspondent): You've had some fun with this. You wrote about the wedding , "It's so cloaked in secrecy that in Washington , where the mother of the bride holds down a day job running international diplomacy for President Obama , details are harder to ferret out than the president's Afghanistan strategy. Well, so what do the invitations say? How do people know where to go? It's just two weeks away.

    CURRY: Well, so the invitations are save-the-date invitations with just the date and no information about where it's going to be held. People were told, `Get yourselves within New York City driving distance and we'll give you the details in a week to go.'

    Ms. STOLBERG: So we don't know, in fact, whether it really is going to be at this estate that we saw in the piece earlier, but the chances are pretty good because...

    CURRY: The chances are pretty good. First of all, it is within driving distance of New York . It's a lovely place. It's secluded on 50 acres. Owned by some Clinton donors, Kathleen Hammer and her husband, who's a real estate developer . And it's easy to get to. So people could conceivably get to New York and then drive the 90 miles up to this lovely estate in Rhinebeck .

    Ms. STOLBERG: Meantime, the secretary of state, who, you know, is very busy in Pakistan has -- is -- has referred to herself as the MOTB , the mother of the bride . And she's been more hands-on than people might expect.

    CURRY: She's been absolutely hands-on. She's been viewing flower arrangements by e-mail. She says that she's been squeezing in tastings and dress selections. She's obviously very excited about this, as is her husband, the former president.

    Ms. STOLBERG: He's very close to -- in fact, they're both very close to their only child.

    CURRY: Yes.

    Ms. STOLBERG: You've done some reporting about this. Just how close are they?

    CURRY: Yeah. They are very close. You know, when Bill Clinton was president he actually put off an overseas trip to stay home and study with Chelsea for her exams. They're obviously a very tight family, and we know that Chelsea kind of held them together back when they had some rocky times in their own marriage.

    Ms. STOLBERG: Hm.

    CURRY: So this is kind of a happy ending to that, in a way, for all of them.

    Ms. STOLBERG: Mm-hmm.

    CURRY: Jenna Bush Hager interviewed the former president, and he said, "I just hope I can keep it together while I walk down the aisle until I do the handoff." I mean, there -- so he -- this is going to be -- all eyes are going to be on both of them.

    Oh, yeah, this is an emotional moment for him.

    Ms. STOLBERG: Hm. Meantime, you think that she's going to wear an updo, Hillary Clinton .

    CURRY: I do. Did you see her hair? She's obviously growing it out. I -- as soon as I saw that, I thought, `Oh, there comes the updo.'

    Ms. STOLBERG: OK, now -- and for that updo, who'll be looking at that updo in person, if in fact it is an updo, are -- who is on the guest list in your view?

    CURRY: Well, the guest list is small by Clinton standards, about 400 people, which is big for you and me maybe, but intimate for people who know kings and presidents and Hollywood stars . And in order to make the cut, you have to be a friend of Chelsea and Marc . So all those big-time donors, as you heard the secretary say, `We love you, but it's Chelsea 's wedding .'

    Ms. STOLBERG: So these reports that Oprah 's on the list and Barbra Streisand 's on the list...

    CURRY: You know...

    Ms. STOLBERG: We know Matt Lauer says he's not on the list, but...

    CURRY: We -- right, we really don't know, but we do know that some very close friends of the Clintons , people like the McAuliffes or Harry Thomason and his wife, long-time close family friends are certainly on the list. President Obama , who is Hillary Clinton 's boss after all, is on the list, but the White House says he won't go, and that makes sense because he travels with a big press entourage and they're trying to keep this secret.

    Ms. STOLBERG: You know, you cover families and you under -- have a deeper understanding about our fascination with these presidential children. What explains why we're so interested?

    CURRY: Well, you know, we don't have royalty in this country and I think -- but I think we're particularly fascinated with Chelsea because she was such a gawky teenager, she grew up into, obviously, a lovely young woman. And everyone remembers that picture of her walking to the helicopter with her parents, holding the hand of each after the president confessed to infidelities. And people wondered, `How is this kid going to turn out?' And she's obviously turned out really well. And so, like I said, it's a nice ending.

    Ms. STOLBERG: It's like we all want to cheer for her.

    CURRY: Right. Right.

    Ms. STOLBERG: Thank you so much , Stacy .

    CURRY: Thank you.

    Ms. STOLBERG: Really great to talk to you.

    CURRY:

TODAY staff and wire
updated 7/19/2010 10:41:39 AM ET 2010-07-19T14:41:39

Few state secrets are guarded as closely as the details surrounding the upcoming wedding of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. Yet as with all things in Washington, details are starting to leak out inexorably.

The big date is less than two weeks away: On July 31, the 30-year-old Chelsea and her 32-year-old fiance, Marc Mezvinsky, will wed. Reporters are pretty sure it will be in Rhinebeck, N.Y., 90 miles up the Hudson River from New York City, and that the bride will wear Oscar de la Renta. But all that the 400 invited guests know is that the nuptials will be in the vicinity of the Big Apple.

“The invitations are save-the-date invitations, with just the date and no information about where it’s going to be held,” New York Times White House correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg told TODAY’s Ann Curry Monday in New York. “People were told, ‘Get yourself within New York City driving distance, and we’ll give you the details with a week to go.’ ”

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Chelsea Clinton and her groom-to-be, Marc Mezvinsky, attend a recent party. The couple will wed July 31 in the upstate New York community of Rhinebeck.

Stolberg had reported in The Times that the wedding will probably be held in a century-old pavilion called Astor Courts in Rhinebeck. The 13,000-square-foot pavilion was inspired by Versailles.

“It is within driving distance of New York. It’s a lovely place. It’s secluded on 50 acres; owned by some Clinton donors, Kathleen Hammer and her husband, who’s a real estate developer, and it’s easy to get to,” Stolberg said.

In her Times story, Stolberg reported that at least two hotels in the town have been totally booked for the wedding weekend, although no one is saying by whom.

MOTB’s ‘lips are sealed’
As secretary of state, the mother of the bride, or MOTB, as she has taken to referring to herself, is accustomed to keeping secrets, and this one is no different.

In an interview with NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell in Pakistan, Hillary Clinton said, “My lips are sealed. I am under very strict orders not to talk about it, and I think for the right reasons, because it is hers, and it is a family wedding. The people coming are her friends and people who have been meaningful in her life, as it should be.”

Former President Bill Clinton, the father of the bride, had previously told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager that his role is to pay for the wedding. At Chelsea’s request, he’s taken off 15 pounds so he looks his best walking her down the aisle.

“You should assume that if he makes it down the aisle in one piece, it’s going to be a major accomplishment,” Hillary Clinton told Mitchell with a laugh. “He is going to be so emotional, as am I.”

Stolberg said the mother of the bride has been minutely involved in Chelsea’s wedding.

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“She’s been absolutely hands-on. She’s been viewing flower arrangements by e-mail. She said that she’s been squeezing in tastings and dress selections. She’s obviously very excited about this, as is her husband,” Stolberg said.

The reporter added that she thinks it’s likely the secretary of state is planning to wear an updo hairstyle.

“Did you see her hair?” Stolberg asked Curry. “She’s obviously grown it out. As soon as I saw that, I thought, there comes the updo.”

Who’s invited?
Four hundred people may seem like a crowd, but it’s an intimate gathering for a family that knows the most famous people in nearly every walk of life on the planet.

“The guest list is small by Clinton standards, about 400 people, which is big for you and me, maybe, but intimate for people who know kings and presidents and Hollywood stars,” Stolberg said.

Knowing the former president or the secretary of state isn’t good enough to get in.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times said that “you have to be a friend of Chelsea and Marc” to wangle an invitation to their July 31 wedding.

“In order to make the cut, you have to be a friend of Chelsea and Marc. So all those big-time donors, you heard the secretary say, ‘We love you, but it’s Chelsea’s wedding,’ ” Stolberg said.

Stolberg said no one outside of those planning the wedding knows the guest list. “We do know that some very close friends of the Clintons, people like the [Terry] McAuliffes, Harry Thomason and his wife, longtime close family friends, are certainly on the list. President Obama — Hillary Clinton’s boss — is on the list, but the White House says he won’t go. That makes sense, because he travels with a big press entourage, and they’re trying to keep this secret,” she said.

According to other sources, the guest list may also include Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg and Ted Turner.

About the couple
Mezvinsky is Jewish and Clinton is Christian. Stolberg said it’s likely both a minister and a rabbi will preside at the nuptials, but it’s unlikely Chelsea will convert to Judaism after the marriage.

Always extremely private, Chelsea Clinton was 12 years old when her family moved into the White House. When Bill Clinton was revealed to have been unfaithful, it was Chelsea who seemed to keep the family together. A doting father, Bill Clinton once postponed an overseas presidential trip to help her study for exams.

Chelsea met Mezvinsky as a teenager on a Renaissance Weekend at Hilton Head, S.C. The pair both went to Stanford, but Chelsea dated others and didn’t start getting serious about Mezvinsky until several years after graduation.

Chelsea Clinton was in her teens when she first met Marc Mezvinsky. They both attended Stanford.

Mezvinsky’s mother, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, is a former congresswoman from Pennsylvania who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. His father, who is divorced from his mother, is a former congressman who served five years in prison for fraud. He was released in 2008.

Curry asked Stolberg if she could explain why the public is so fascinated with this wedding.

“We don’t have royalty in this country,” she replied. “We’re particularly fascinated with Chelsea, because she was such a gawky teenager. She grew up, obviously, into a lovely young woman. Everyone remembers that picture of her walking to the helicopter with her parents, holding the hands of each after the president confessed to infidelities. People wondered, how is this kid going to turn out?

“She’s obviously turned out really well. It’s a nice ending.”

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.

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  1. A Chelsea morning

    The only child of former president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton has grown up in the public eye. Here she is with her parents at the age of 1 week on March 5, 1980, when her father was governor of Arkansas. Her name came from the Joni Mitchell song "Chelsea Morning." (Donald R. Broyles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Daddy has her vote

    Chelsea was 6 when she joined her father in the voting booth during the Democratic primary in Little Rock, Ark., on May 27, 1986. Then-governor Bill Clinton was being challenged by former Arkansas governor Orval Faubus and W. Dean Goldsby -- unsuccessfully, it turned out. (Danny Johnston / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A cause for applause

    At age 11, Chelsea Clinton joined her father and mother in applauding her dad's inauguration to a new term as Arkansas governor on Sept. 20, 1991, in Little Rock. (Danny Johnston / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Hand in hand

    Chelsea Clinton holds her father's arm and hand at the end of the Democratic National Convention in New York City, Thursday, July 16, 1992. Bill Clinton would go on to win the White House that November. (Amy Sancetta / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Day of destiny

    Chelsea, 12 years old, arrives with her father and mother in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 3, 1992 -- Election Day. On that day, Bill Clinton defeated incumbent George H.W. Bush for the U.S. presidency. (Tim Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Hope and a hug

    Chelsea Clinton, just shy of 13, hugs school friend Elizabeth Fleming during the "Faces of Hope" luncheon on Jan. 18, 1993 at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Inauguration Day

    Bill Clinton kisses daughter Chelsea just before being sworn in as 42nd President of the United States on Jan. 20, 1993. (Tim Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Having a ball

    Just a few days after her father captured the White House, Chelsea Clinton was out on the soccer field on Jan. 28, 1993. (Mike Marucci / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Super Bowl Sunday

    On Jan. 31, 1993, Chelsea, her father, and her cat, Socks, watched Super Bowl XXVII at the White House. Joining them were Texas governor Ann Richards (left) and New York governor Mario Cuomo (right). (Robert Giroux / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. State of the Union

    First lady Hillary Clinton has a word for her daughter Chelsea during the introduction of President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address on Jan. 23, 1996. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Yuletide cheer

    In December 1993, Chelsea helped her mom and dad press the button lighting the national Christmas tree. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Sweet 16

    A 16-year-old Chelsea Clinton sits with friend Marc Mezvinsky while watching a football game on the beach at Hilton Head Island, S.C., in December 1996. Mezvinsky is the son of former Iowa congressman Edward Mezvinsky and former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky -- and Chelsea's fiance in 2009. (Mary Ann Chastain / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. I love a parade

    Chelsea joined her father and mother in the inaugural parade on Jan. 20, 1997 as Bill Clinton began his second term as U.S. president. (Paul J .Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Budding ballerina

    Chelsea Clinton rehearses with the Washington Ballet in May 1997. She began taking ballet lessons at the Washington School of Ballet in 1993 and was on the board of the School of American Ballet. (Karin Cooper / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Running with president

    Chelsea Clinton joins her father jogging on Martha's Vineyard in August 1997. It was Bill Clinton's first public jog since undergoing surgery on his knee. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. In Morocco

    In July 1999, Chelsea Clinton joined her parents and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Rabat, Morocco for the funeral of that nation's King Hassan II. (Mustafa Abadan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. At the Taj Mahal

    Chelsea Clinton takes the hand of her father as they walk past the gardens of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, in March 2000, on a trip that combined matters of state with sightseeing. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Convention crowds

    Chelsea joins her parents in a hug after President Clinton delivered a speech to the Democratic National Convention at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in August 2000. (Scott Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Dad and daughter

    President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea walk from the White House to a waiting helicopter in October 2000. The president was on his way to New York for fund-raising events for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was running for a New York Senate seat. (Mario Tama / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Casting her ballot

    Chelsea Clinton exits the voting booth after casting her vote at Douglas Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, New York in November 2000. Later that day, the Clinton family held a rally in downtown New York City later to celebrate the Senate candidacy of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Royal visit

    Chelsea Clinton joins her parents for a visit with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in December 2000. The Clintons had tea with the queen as they wrapped up a three-day trip to Ireland, North Ireland and the United Kingdom. (Paul J .Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. A senator in the family

    Chelsea Clinton and her father, President Clinton, were on hand as her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was sworn in as a Senator by Vice President Al Gore on Jan. 3, 2001. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A graduate on the ball

    Chelsea Clinton plays with friends during her Stanford University graduation on June 17, 2001. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Tennis, anyone?

    Chelsea Clinton and then-boyfriend Ian Klaus attended the US Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadows, N.Y. in September 2002. Clinton and Klaus dated for three years, but broke up in 2005. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Hillary takes center stage

    Chelsea Clinton and her father, now a former president, watch Senator Hillary Clinton at a New York City rally in June 2008, during the senator's unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Meet my mom

    Chelsea Clinton is at the side of her mother, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, after introducing her at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 26, 2008. (Stephan Savoia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Got your nose!

    A baby pinches Chelsea Clinton's nose as she and her father visit a rural healthcare clinic in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda, in August 2008. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images for The Clinton Fou) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Madam Secretary

    Chelsea Clinton and her father look on proudly as Hillary Rodham Clinton is sworn in as Secretary of State on Feb. 2, 2009. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Wedding bells

    Chelsea Clinton and longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky shop in New York City in April of 2006. The couple got engaged over the 2009 Thanksgiving holidays, according to a spokesman for former president Bill Clinton. The couple will be married in the summer of 2010. (INFGoff.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. A vintage occasion

    Chelsea Clinton attends a party for top winery Chateau Haut-Brion, accompanied by her groom-to-be, Marc Mezvinsky. The event was thrown by Prince Robert of Luxembourg to commemorate his great-grandfather’s purchase of the wine estate 75 years ago. (MCMULLAN/PatrickMcMullan.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Wedding day

    Chelsea weds Marc Mezvinsky at the Astor Courts Estate on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The interfaith ceremony was held at the estate built by John Jacob Astor on the Hudson River. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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Explainer: Presidential weddings

  • Image: "All the Presidents' Children" book cover

    White House weddings have come a long way from the modest affair of Maria Monroe, the first child to wed while her father was president. Her private nuptials, over 188 years ago, received very little press — just a 34-word mention in a Washington paper.

    Flash forward 21 presidential weddings later and Jenna Bush’s lavish nuptials at the Bush family’s 1,600-acre ranch was an event covered by nearly every outlet.

    Only nine were actually wed at the White House: Maria Monroe, John Adams, Elizabeth Tyler, Nellie Grant, Alice Roosevelt, Jessie Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Tricia Nixon — who had her wedding broadcast live.

    In his book "All the Presidents' Children," author and former George H.W. Bush aide Doug Wead expounds on the rich history of White House families.

    For a peek at portraits of the first children and their nuptials, click through our interactive.

  • Jenna Bush

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    Henry Hager, a former intern for Karl Rove, proposed to presidential twin Jenna Bush at Acadia National Park in Maine on August 15, 2007.

    The two met during President Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign, where they bonded over their love of the outdoors — a passion that influenced their wedding style.

    The couple got married May 10, 2008 at an informal, outdoor affair, at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas.

  • Dorothy Bush

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    The last child of a president to be married while her father was in office was Dorothy Bush, daughter of George Herbert Walker Bush.

    Married for the second time in 1992 to Robert P. Koch, a former aide to House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt, Dorothy was also the only presidential child to have her nuptials at Camp David.

  • Trixia Nixon

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    Patricia "Tricia" Nixon, daughter of Richard M. Nixon and his wife, Patricia Ryan Nixon, was married to Harvard law student Edward Finch Cox in the Rose Garden in 1971. According to Life magazine, the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father in a wedding "akin to American royalty."

    In fact, Nixon’s wedding was so extravagant that her father noted that they needed a seven-foot tall cake just to feed everyone, including the 600 journalists!

  • Julie Nixon

    Image: Julie Nixon
    Library of Congress
    Unlike her sister Tricia's large and elaborate White House Wedding, Julie Nixon opted for a small and private 15-minute ceremony with presidential grandson, Dwight David Eisenhower II.

    Julie's wedding was in December, just a few weeks after Nixon had won the presidency.

    Julie and Dwight met met at the 1956 Republican National Convention.

  • The Roosevelts

    Image: First lady Eleanor Roosevelt with her five children.
    First lady Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured with her five children.
    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would serve as president for more than 12 years, dying in office after winning a record fourth term.

    All of his children would be married while he was in office, and Elliot would be married twice. Eventually, the five Roosevelt children would have 19 marriages between them.

  • Alice Roosevelt

    Image: Alice Roosevelt
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    In 1906, Alice Roosevelt, the oldest child of Theodore Roosevelt, was married to Republican Congressman Nicholas Longworth in a White House wedding.

    A controversial figure, Alice was a wild and outspoken woman who smoked, partied and held the personal motto: “If you haven't got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”

  • Jessie Wilson

    Image: Jessie Wilson
    Library of Congress
    Jessie Wilson, left, daughter of Woodrow Wilson, was married in a high profile wedding. The groom was an hour late because the White House guards refused to believe his story and let him in.

    Eleanor "Nellie" Wilson, right, would marry a member of her father's own cabinet, William McAdoo, who in 1924, started as the front runner for the Democrat presidential nomination.

  • Nellie Grant

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    In 1874, Nellie Grant, the only daughter of President Ulysses S. Grant, was married to Englishman Algernon Sartoris in the first high profile American wedding.

    Grant, who worshipped his daughter, had his eyes to the floor and wept throughout the ceremony.

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