Eleanor Randolph McAdoo

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Eleanor Randolph McAdoo (Wilson)

Also Known As: "Nellie"
Birthplace: Middletown, CT, United States
Death: April 05, 1967 (77)
Montecito, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States and Ellen Louise Wilson, First Lady
Ex-wife of Sen. William Gibbs McAdoo, Jr.
Mother of Ellen Wilson McAdoo and Mary Faith Thackwell / Bush
Sister of Margaret Wilson; Jessie Woodrow Sayre and George Wilson

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About Eleanor Randolph McAdoo


Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo (16 October 1889 – 5 April 1967) was an American author who wrote about her famous father, Woodrow Wilson. She usually went by the nickname Nellie.


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) and a second daughter, Mary Faith McAdoo (1920-1988). She divorced McAdoo in 1934.

Because she had written a biography about her father, she served as an informal counselor on the 1944 biopic Wilson. In 1965, she became largely incapacitated after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. McAdoo died at her home in Montecito, California at 77, and was interred at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California.

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Eleanor Randolph McAdoo's Timeline

October 16, 1889
Middletown, CT, United States
May 21, 1915
Northwest Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
April 6, 1920
New York, New York, United States
April 5, 1967
Age 77
Montecito, CA, United States