What do the weddings of George Washington, George H.W. Bush, Thomas Jefferson, and James Polk share in common? The answer is all four presidential couples were married in the first week of January: the Jeffersons and the Polks on New Year's Day and the Bushs and the Washingtons on January 6.
Actually there are other similarities, at least among half of the couples. Two of the presidents married women named Martha, and Washington and Jefferson married young widows. Martha Wayles Skelton was 23 when she married 28 year old Thomas Jefferson. Martha would not live long enough to be become first lady. She died of complications following childbirth. It was her seventh pregnancy in 10 years of marriage. George Washington, at 26, married Martha Dandridge Custis (27), a widow with two young children. She was reported to be the richest woman in Virginia. The Washingtons did not have any children of their own, but George was a doting stepfather and grandfather, even taking in two of Martha's grandchildren to rear as his own.
James Polk was 28 when he married 20 year old Sarah Childress. She would accompany him to the White House when he was elected 11th president of the United States, but their union did not produce any prodigy.
George Herbert Walker Bush, already a decorated World War II hero at 20, married Barbara Pierce when she was 19 on January 6, 1945. Barbara Bush became the wife of a U.S. president and the mother of another. During their long union Barbara Bush estimated that she set up housekeeping more than 20 times in as many cities.