Father’s Day is a time to celebrate dads and to thank them for all that they have given their children. Being a parent is difficult, but imagine that responsibility coupled with being the leader of a nation. On this day, let’s look at the presidential fathers.
Author Joshua Kendall wrote a book titled First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama, in which he talks about the commanders in chief and their children.
Founding Father Thomas Jefferson became America’s third president in 1801. He believed in family values. Jefferson and his wife Martha had six children, but only two daughters survived to adulthood. According to Kendall, Jefferson was “America’s most articulate advocate of freedom,” however, “with his daughters he was a control freak.”
Historians suggest Jefferson may have had six children with a slave at his plantation, Sally Hemings. The children were born into slavery, but it seems two were allowed to “run away” to the North. Others were freed in Jefferson’s will, after his death.
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president, had three daughters with his first wife, Ellen. Just two years into his presidency, Ellen died, and their oldest child Margaret took over the duties of First Lady to the White House. The girls were well educated and talked endlessly with their father about universal suffrage.
The current president, Joe Biden, had four children: three with his first wife, Neilia, and one with Jill, his current spouse. The younger son, Hunter, has worked with and separately from his dad on different ventures. The two seem to be very close and can be seen attending events together.