After their term in office, US Presidents and their families don’t usually stick around in DC. But a few have and for different reasons.
First Lady Jackie Kennedy
Before John Fitzgerald Kennedy moved into the White House as our 35th president, he and his wife Jackie lived in a total of 7 houses in the posh DC neighborhood of Georgetown. Jackie was 31 years old when her husband took office, and a mother of two young children. Yet, she stole the hearts of many Americans with her charm and grace. After the death of President Kennedy, Jackie moved back to another house in Georgetown. Jackie hoped to stay in this six-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot 19th century home permanently. But the constant attention from tourists became too much and she and her children moved to Manhattan after only a year, seeking more privacy.
Here is a link to a June, 2016 Washingtonian article written by Hillary Kelly about Jackie’s final residence in Georgetown.
President Woodrow Wilson and First Lady Edith Wilson
Former President Woodrow Wilson (our 28th president) and former First Lady, Edith Wilson moved from the White House to this S Street, NW home on the last day of his presidency, March 4, 1921. The First Lady actually found and fell in love with this lovely Georgian house in 1920. Then she set out to convince her husband it would make the perfect home for them in their retirement. On December 14, 1920, President Wilson surprised his wife by presenting her with the deed to the house. A stoke had left the former President with limited physical mobility so some adjustments were made to the house to accommodate his needs. They installed an elevator to make it easier for him to move around and added a small terrace off the second-floor dining room so he could be outside without having to go up and down steps.
President Wilson opened the Panama Canal, started airmail service, endorsed the creation of an interstate highway system, promoted laws that prohibited child labor and witnessed the birth of radio. During his presidency, the 18th Amendment (launched prohibition) and the 19th Amendment (gave women the right to vote) to the US Constitution were ratified.
To date, President Wilson is the only President to have made Washington, DC his permanent home following his term in office.
Woodrow Wilson House- on S Street, NW