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Groovy First Daughters of the Sixties and Seventies

Icons | October 23, 2018

Amy Carter, Daughter of President Carter, sits at the president's desk in the Oval Office in a picture taken by her brother Jeff. (Getty Images)

Growing up with famous parents can be challenging, but if your dad is the President of the United States, that makes it even more difficult. Sure, the White House might be a cool place to live, but you have to deal with Secret Service and the media circus and being forced to attend stuffy state dinners. During the 1960s and 1970s, several of the Presidents brought their daughters with them to Washington. Do you remember these groovy First Daughters of the sixties and seventies? 

Caroline Kennedy dancing around the Oval Office with her brother and her father, the POTUS.

Caroline Kennedy

Little Caroline Kennedy was just three years old when she moved into the White House with her dad, President John F. Kennedy, her mother, Jackie Kennedy and her baby brother, John Jr. The media loved to capture images of her playing in the Rose Garden and in the Oval Office, in part because it helped to cement Kennedy’s image as a family man. Sadly, Caroline’s stay at the White House was short-lived. When her father was assassinated in 1963, she moved to New York with her mother and brother and spent the remainder of her childhood mostly out of view of the media spotlight.  

Lynda Johnson married Charles Robb at the White House.

Lynda Johnson

When her father, Lyndon B. Johnson, suddenly became the President of the United States after the assassination of Kennedy, Lynda Johnson was still a teenager, just 19 years old. A few years later, she and actor George Hamilton became romantically involved…much to the delight of the media. The romance fizzled, however, and Lynda began seeing Marine Captain Charles S. Robb. The couple had a lavish White House wedding in 1967. 

Luci Johnson, right, with her sister, Lynda

Luci Johnson

Luci Johnson, the younger sister of Lynda Johnson, and daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson was also a teen when she moved into the White House. The sixteen-year-old had heard the news of Kennedy’s assassination while she sat in her high school Spanish class and she spent the entire class worried that her father may also have been hurt. It wasn’t until the Secret Service showed up at her school a few hours later that she realized that her father had been sworn in as the next President of the United States. 

Julie Nixon, with her father, Richard Nixon and sister, Tricia Nixon.

Julie Nixon

Unlike her older sister, Tricia who preferred to stay out of the spotlight, Julie Nixon was a staunch supporter of her father, Richard Nixon, particularly when the news of the Watergate Scandal broke. Julie was only 20 years old when her father became president…and she was a new bride. She married David Eisenhower, the son of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, just weeks before her father took the oath of office. She worked as a journalist and didn’t back down from the media when they roasted Nixon. She even stood by his side as he resigned from the presidency. 

Susan Ford danced with Sandcastle front man, Billy Etheridge, at her 1975 White House prom.

Susan Ford

President Gerald Ford’s only daughter amid three sons, Susan Ford joined her father in the White House when she was only 17 years old. She finished out her high school education in Washington, DC and she even went to her prom in the White House’s East Room. After her mother, Betty Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer, Susan worked to raise awareness about the disease. She even helped to have October declared Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Amy Carter in White House tree

Amy Carter

After all the media scrutiny she was under as a child, it is no wonder that Amy Carter has chosen to live her life away from the media spotlight. The youngest child and only daughter of President Jimmy Carter, Amy moved into the White House as a four-year-old. Her parents tried to give Amy a normal childhood and the White House journalists reported her sleepovers in the White House tree house. An active tomboy, Amy loved to ride her bike and roller skate and climb trees, all of which kept the Secret Service hopping. 

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Karen Harris

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Karen left the world of academic, quitting her job as a college professor to write full-time. She spends her days with her firefighter husband and four daughters on a hobby farm with an assortment of animals, including a goat named Atticus, a turkey named Gravy, and a chicken named Chickaletta.