Congratulations to Mike Pence, a Phi Gamma Delta who was initiated into the Hanover College chapter and served as his chapter’s president. Pence’s daughter, Charlotte, is a Chi Omega. Tiffany Trump, the daughter of Marla Maples and Donald Trump, is a Kappa Alpha Theta from the University of Pennsylvania. Her half-brother Donald, Jr., is also a Penn alumnus. He is a Phi Gamma Delta.
Below is a list, as best as I can uncover, of the fraternities and sororities to which the offspring of U.S. Presidents have been members. Additions and/or corrections are always welcomed.
Chester Alan Arthur II (Chester A. Arthur), Zeta Psi
Barbara Pierce Bush (George W. Bush), Kappa Alpha Theta
George W. Bush (George H.W. Bush), Delta Kappa Epsilon (the 43rd President, son of the 41st President)
Jenna Bush Hager (George W. Bush), Kappa Alpha Theta
Marvin P. Bush (George H. W. Bush), Delta Phi Fraternity (St. Elmo Hall)
John Coolidge (Calvin Coolidge), Phi Gamma Delta
Michael Gerald Ford (Gerald Ford), Sigma Chi
Susan Ford (Gerald Ford), Zeta Tau Alpha Alumna Initiate
Abram Garfield Williams (James A. Garfield), Alpha Delta Phi
Harry Augustus Garfield (James A. Garfield), Alpha Delta Phi
Irvin McDowell Garfield (James A. Garfield), Alpha Delta Phi
James Rudolph Garfield (James A. Garfield), Alpha Delta Phi
Jesse Root Grant (Ulysses S. Grant), Kappa Alpha Society
Russell Benjamin Harrison (Benjamin Harrison), Zeta Psi
Elizabeth Harrison Walker (Benjamin Harrison), Alpha Omicron Pi
Rutherford Platt Hayes (Rutherford B. Hayes), Delta Kappa Epsilon
Scott Russell Hayes (Rutherford B. Hayes), Delta Kappa Epsilon
James Webb Cook Hayes (Rutherford B. Hayes), Delta Kappa Epsilon
Birchard Austin Hayes (Rutherford B. Hayes), Delta Kappa Epsilon
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb (Lyndon B. Johnson), Zeta Tau Alpha
Lincoln, Robert Todd (Abraham Lincoln), Delta Kappa Epsilon (Delta Chi later in life according to a post on the DKE website)
Robert Alphonso Taft (William Howard Taft), Psi Upsilon
Mary Margaret Truman Daniel (Harry S. Truman), Pi Beta Phi
David Gardiner Tyler (John Tyler), Phi Kappa Psi
Lyon Gardiner, (John Tyler), Kappa Sigma
Jessie Woodrow Wilson (Woodrow Wilson), Gamma Phi Beta http://gammaphibetahistory.org/1913-a-white-house-wedding/
Margaret Woodrow Wilson (Woodrow Wilson), Gamma Phi Beta
Additionally, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. was initiated into Phi Psi, a local social fraternity which had been the Rhode Island Alpha Chapter of national Phi Kappa Psi fraternity until 1978. Kennedy graduated from Brown in 1983.
I do not want to get in the rabbit hole of Presidential grandchildren, because I would be there for days. However, I would be remiss if I did not mention that Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, John Tyler’s granddaughter, is a founder of Kappa Delta.
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