When former First Lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, 2018, she and former President George H.W. Bush had been married for 73 years, 101 days, the longest-married presidential couple. (They were married on January 6, 1945.)
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter married on July 7, 1946, a year and a half after the Bushes, so they passed the Bushes to become the longest-married presidential couple last October. Today is the Carters’ 74th wedding anniversary! They keep setting records with their longevity. Jimmy is the longest-lived president in American history (he was born October 1, 1924, and has been the longest-lived since April of last year, when he eclipsed George H.W. Bush’s record). He is the longest-retired president ever (he left office on January 20, 1981, more than 39 years ago).
After the Carters and Bushes, the presidential couple with the third-longest marriage was Gerald and Betty Ford, who were married just over 58 years.
Yet more chapters in Ranking the First Ladies that need to be updated.