What is the Society of Presidential Descendants?
The Society of Presidential Descendants is a group of individuals with a direct lineage to one or more of the forty-six United States Presidents. The Society provides an opportunity for presidential descendants to share a comradery amongst each other and to promote educational opportunities.
Who leads the Society of Presidential Descendants?
The Society of Presidential Descendants is led by a Board of Trustees. The current officers are: Tweed Roosevelt, President; Massee McKinley, Vice President and Chief of Staff; Lynda Johnson Robb, Vice President; Clifton Truman Daniel, Vice President.
Can anyone become a member?
In order to be eligible to join the Society, you must be a direct descendant of a President of the United States, or become a friend/student friend of The Society of Presidential Descendants. The Board of Trustees must approve the application of admission.
- Presidential Descendant
A direct descendant, or ancestor, of a United States president. A U.S. president would be the parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, etc. of a descendant.
- Collateral Descendant
Related by bloodline, lineage of parents (mother and father), but not a direct ancestor to one of the presidents of the United States. The individual would be the cousin, niece, nephew, or sibling of a U.S. president.
- Friend / Student
Individuals interested in being associated with the Society of Presidential Descendants, but are not directly related to a president. This is an opportunity to be involved in an organization devoted to preserving the legacy of former presidents, commemorating presidential leadership, participating in a biennial weekend of events, and in alternating years awarding a book prize on presidential leadership or the presidency.
How can I become a member of the Society of Presidential Descendants?
If you are a direct descendant of a President of the United States, you are encouraged to fill out a membership application form here. If you are a Collateral Descendant of a President of the United States, please fill out the Collateral Descendants form here.
How can I get involved if I am not a Presidential Descendant?
Certain events will be open to the public. Presidential Descendants and non-descendants alike are invited to attend these events. If you would like to get involved immediately, please fill out the Friend Membership form here.
When is the first event?
The Society of Presidential Descendants first event will be the Biennial Presidential Leadership Book Award Dinner with Master of Ceremonies, Douglas Brinkley, held October 23, 2021 at the University Club in New York City. Register for Book Award Dinner here.
The Society’s inaugural Symposium & Gala Dinner will take place June 10-12, 2022 and will be held at both Long Island University and Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill in New York. Register for the Symposium and Gala Dinner here.