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Photos: The Siblings of Our Presidents

Who are some of the siblings who grew up beside their political brothers?

Aug. 21, 2015, 2:15 a.m.

Fourty-three pres­id­ents, 113 broth­ers, and 106 sis­ters—only Frank­lin D. Roosevelt can boast of be­ing an only child. Some sib­lings are fam­ous through their own means, but oth­ers go un­re­cog­nized in the his­tory books. 

A glass negative of Monticello taken between 1909 and 1919. Martha Jefferson Carr (May 29, 1746 - September 3, 1811) and Anna Jefferson Marks (October 1, 1755 - July 8, 1828): Just two of Thomas Jefferson's six sisters, Martha and Anna often visited the Jefferson home of Monticello. Known as "Aunt Carr" and "Aunt Marks," the sisters helped Jefferson's daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, raise her 11 children. One grandchild, Mary, wrote to her sister Virginia about the overbearing aunts, saying, "[Aunt Marks] would not let me drink my tea without her advice." National Photo Company Collection/Library of Congress
An 1847 portrait of President Zachary Taylor (before his presidency) as a major general in the Mexican War. Joseph Pannell Taylor (May 4, 1796 - June 29, 1864): The brother of Zachary Taylor, Joseph also led a successful life as a soldier. He enlisted in the War of 1812 where he became a lieutenant, and in 1825, he was promoted to captain in the regular army. After his work during the Mexican War, he became a colonel, and finally a brigadier general in 1863 during the Civil War. Berford & Co./Bristol & Torrey/Library of Congress
Fanny Arabella Hayes Platt Fanny Arabella Hayes Platt (January 25, 1820 - July 16, 1856): Fanny was a close friend and confidante as the elder sister of President Rutherford B. Hayes, and the like-minded siblings both enjoyed swimming, rifle-shooting, and staging dramas or poetry. The siblings often wrote to each other, where Fanny discussed her interests in reading Bacon and Dickens, but because of the limits to her own education as a female, Fanny pushed her brother to make the most of his and succeed in his pursuits. Fanny married entrepreneur William Augustus Platt in 1839, who became close friends with Rutherford, and the two stayed close after her death due to a difficult childbirth at the age of 36. Rutherford wrote of her death: "My dear only sister, my beloved Fanny, is dead! The dearest friend of childhood, … the confidante of all my life, the one I loved best, is gone."  Courtesy of Ken Doty Brown
Rose Elizabeth Cleveland, between 1910 and 1920. Rose Cleveland (June 13, 1846 - November 22, 1918): Rose became the first lady as the sister of President Grover Cleveland during his first term and before his marriage to Frances Folsom Cleveland. After her duties in the White House ended, Rose pursued a literary career, and there is speculation that she entered into a relationship with a woman, eventually moving to Italy with her and spending the rest of her life there.  Library of Congress
The Roosevelt family between 1877 and 1880. From left to right: standing, John Ellis Roosevelt; his wife, Nannie Vance; Elliott Roosevelt. Seated: Corinne Roosevelt, Anna Roosevelt. On step: Theodore Roosevelt. Elliot Roosevelt (February 28, 1860 - August 14, 1894): Elliot and his older brother, Theodore, held a strong, competitive relationship while growing up. Elliot married Anna Hall at the age of 23, and their only daughter, Anna Eleanor, would go on to become first lady with her husband, Franklin. However, a lifelong alcoholic, Elliot was estranged from his brother for some time, and the family often held correspondence of what to do with Elliot, though his problem was never explicitly discussed. Elliot died on August 14, 1894, due to a seizure brought on by an attempted suicide. Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library/Dickinson State University/Library of Congress
Herbert Hoover in 1900. Theodore Hoover (January 28, 1871 - February 4, 1955): Theodore (Tad) and brother Herbert (Bert) Hoover grew up with their parents and sister in West Branch, Iowa. Theodore attended Stanford where he obtained a B.A. in geology and mining in 1901. He returned to the university as a professor of mining and metallurgy and was executive head of that department. Eventually becoming a dean in 1925, Theodore helped establish the School of Engineering at Stanford.  Hulton Archive/Getty Images
A photograph of Milton Eisenhower in May 1943. Milton Eisenhower (October 15, 1899 - May 2, 1985): A leader in his own right, the youngest of Dwight's five brothers, Milton became president of three universities: Kansas State, Penn State, and Johns Hopkins University. He also served on two advisory committees for Dwight but resigned from those duties in 1960. Arthur S. Siegel/Library of Congress
Kathleen Kennedy in the American Red Cross in London, 1943.  Kathleen Kennedy (February 20, 1920 - May 13, 1948): Kathleen volunteered with the Red Cross in 1940 and planned relief benefits for the war. Later, she joined with the Red Cross in London as a program assistant. On May 6, 1944, Kathleen married William Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington, who died in September of that year. The Lady Hartington herself died in a plane crash in 1948, falling victim to the "Kennedy Curse." John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
Richard Nixon after announcing his resignation from the presidency after the Watergate scandal on August 9, 1974. Donald Nixon (November 23, 1914 - June 27, 1987): Donald was in the public eye along with his brother. He was a businessman and consultant but was brought into the Watergate scandal and testified in 1974. Since then, it has been reported that Donald's phone was wiretapped to "monitor 'others who were trying to get him, perhaps, to use improper influence' with the Nixon administration," according to The New York Times. Donald died of cancer at the age of 72.  AFP/Getty Images
Jimmy and Billy Carter eating as a gas station in their hometown of Plains, Georgia during a campaign stop. The photo was taken on Sept. 10, 1976.  Billy Carter (March 29, 1937 - September 25, 1988): Younger brother of Jimmy Carter, Billy posed as a colorful opposition to his brother in the media. Billy's drinking problem was openly visible and he even started a business venture for "Billy Beer." In September 1978, however, Billy's antics took a turn as he was investigated for dealings in Libya, after which Jimmy attempted to disassociate himself from Billy, and told NBC News that he hoped people would "realize that I don't have any control over what my brother says, [and] he has no control over me." Thomas J. O'Halloran/Library of Congress
A portrait of Ronald and Nancy Reagan with their family at Rancho del Cielo near Santa Barbara, California on Nov. 28, 1985. Brother Neil Reagan stands in the back right.  Neil Reagan (September 16, 1908 - December 11, 1996): The elder brother of President Ronald Reagan was an advertising executive and radio and television director. Neil, known as "Moon" to his family and friends, sometimes worked with Ronald in Hollywood, directing him in the series Death Valley Days. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Bill Clinton talks with his brother Roger as actor Jim Belushi stands by during a political fundraiser at the 'House of Blues' club in Los Angeles.  Roger Clinton Jr. (July 25, 1956 - ): Roger, half-brother of Bill Clinton, has made headlines of his own. In 1985, he pled guilty to a conspiracy charge for distributing one gram of cocaine, and he was again arrested in 2001 for drunk driving. Roger received the code name "Headache" by the Secret Service during Clinton's presidency. J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
George Bush, Sr. with his four sons, Neil, Jeb, George W., and Marvin. in 1970. John 'Jeb' Bush (Feb. 11, 1953 - ): Following in his father's and brother's footsteps, former Florida Gov. Jeb is making headlines for his GOP 2016 presidential bid. Newsmakers/Getty Images
Maya Soetoro-Ng (left) visits the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on September 27, 2009 with Barack Obama and their families. Maya Soetoro-Ng (August 15, 1970 - ): President Obama's half-sister lives in Hawaii with her two children and husband. Maya is a university professor and writer at the College of Education at the University of Hawaii. Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images
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