Frequently Asked Questions

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 an ambassador of the Society. The Board of Trustees must approve the application of admission.

Membership Levels:

  • 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 paternal grandfather) 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.
  • Ambassador
    Individuals interested in representing or 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 Ambassador Membership form here.

When is the first event?

Biennial Presidential Leadership Book Award, October 23, 2021 at the University Club in New York City.

The Society’s inaugural Symposium & Gala 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.