Eleanor Wilson McAdoo

Eleanor Wilson McAdoo

Eleanor Wilson by Harris & Ewing circa 1910
Born Eleanor Randolph Wilson
(1889-10-16)October 16, 1889
Middletown, Connecticut
Died April 5, 1967(1967-04-05) (aged 77)
Montecito, California
Other names Nellie Wilson
Spouse(s) William Gibbs McAdoo (m. 1914–34) (divorced)
Children Ellen Wilson McAdoo (1915–1946)
Mary Faith McAdoo (1920–1988)
Parent(s) Woodrow Wilson
Ellen Axson

Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo (October 16, 1889 – April 5, 1967) was the youngest daughter of US President Woodrow Wilson and Ellen Louise Axson. Wilson had two sisters, Margaret Woodrow Wilson and Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre. She was an American author who wrote about her father.


Born in Middletown, Connecticut, she married Wilson's Secretary of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoo at the White House on May 7, 1914.[1] They had a daughter Ellen Wilson McAdoo (1915–1946)[2] and a second daughter, Mary Faith McAdoo (1920–1988).[3] She divorced McAdoo in 1934.[4]

Because she had written a biography about her father, she served as an informal counselor on the 1944 biopic Wilson.[5] In 1965, she became largely incapacitated after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.

McAdoo died at her home in Montecito, California, at 77.[6] She was interred at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California. She was the last surviving child of Woodrow Wilson.




  1. Staff report (May 8, 1914). ELEANOR WILSON WEDS W.G. M'ADOO; President's Youngest Daughter and Secretary of Treasury Married at White House. New York Times
  2. Staff report (May 22, 1915,). DAUGHTER IS BORN TO MRS. W. G. McADOO; President's Second Grandchild Will be Christened Ellen for the Late Mrs. Wilson.New York Times
  3. Staff report (July 18, 1934). NEW M'ADOO BABY BORN PRIMARY NIGHT; A Second Daughter for ex-Secretary of the Treasury and the Former Miss Eleanor Wilson. New York Times
  4. Staff report (July 18, 1934). Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Divorces Senator At Five-Minute Hearing on Incompatibility. New York Times
  5. Knock, Thomas J. "History with Lightning": The Forgotten Film Wilson. American Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 5 (Winter, 1976), pp. 523-543
  6. "Mrs. Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, President's Daughter, 77, Dies. Former Wife of Treasury Chief Remained Dedicated to Her Father's Ideals". New York Times. April 7, 1967. Retrieved 2012-10-07. Mrs. Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, a daughter of President Wilson and the former wife of William Gibbs McAdoo, Mr. Wilson's Treasury Secretary, died last night at her home here. She was 77 years old. ...

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