Children of Two Different Presidents Tie The Knot – 12/22/1968

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Today in 1968, Julie Nixon the daughter of Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of United States and David Eisenhower, the only grandson of the 34th president of United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower got wedded today in New York City.

Born on July 5, 1948, Julie Nixon was the little girl of Richard M. Nixon, who was at the time of her daughter's wedding running for the White House. Her husband on the other hand, was born on March 31, 1948 in West Point, Orange County, New York. He is the only grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served as America's 34th president from 1953 to 1961. The both met for the first time in 1956 at the National Convention of the Republican Party in San Francisco, California, in 1956 when David's grandfather was campaigning for re-election. They were both eight years old at the time. At the convention, Julie's father Richard Nixon was selected as Eisenhower's running mate. With David's granddad Dwight Eisenhower as the president and Richard Nixon, Julie's dad as the VP, they both grew up under the limelight of national politics and were frequently in contact with each other. In 1967, they started dating at the age of 19.

On December 22, 1968, after Nixon had won the presidential election but yet to be sworn-in, Julie married David at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.

As recorded by Tabitha Warters, a writer who specialized in documentation of presidential offspring, noted that Julie and David portrayed the ideal picture of a "perfect, all-American couple" at a critical time when the country was experiencing a counter-social revolution and traditional family and relationship roles is fast losing its grasp. Warters added that Nixon described his daughter and her fiancé as "pioneers in the fight to restore… traditional virtues," especially during his 1968 presidential campaign.

Julie and David are both authors who have written books on their famous and influential family members. They have three children Jennie Elizabeth, Alexander Richard and Melanie Catherine Eisenhower and live in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. In addition, Julie plays an active role in the Richard Nixon Foundation as an executive board member and that of the Center for the National Interest (formerly known as the Nixon Center).

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