February 21st, 2017

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Presidential children: William Howard Taft

On this date in 1987, Helen Herron Taft Manning died at the age of 95 years 204 days -- the second longest-lived of all Presidential children. Born August 1, 1891, she was the second of William Howard Taft's three children. She earned a doctorate in history from Yale, and was later dean of Bryn Mawr College. At the time of her death, she was the Senior Living Presidential Child, having succeeded to that position when Grover Cleveland's daughter Esther died on June 26, 1980.
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Presidential wedding anniversary: the Van Burens

On this day in 1807, 24-year-old Martin Van Buren married almost-24-year-old Hannah Hoes. The childhood sweethearts were first cousins once removed. Nine months after the wedding, the first son, Abraham, was born. They had three more sons by 1817. Sixteen days before their 12th anniversary, Hannah died of tuberculosis, while Martin was serving as New York State's 14th Attorney General. He then went on to serve as a US Senator representing New York, Governor of New York, Secretary of State, Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the 8th Vice President, and then the 8th President of the United States. Martin died in 1862, having never remarried.