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The Birds: 1923

The Birds: 1923

Nov. 9, 1923. Washington, D.C. "McAdoo children." Mary and Ellen McAdoo, whose grandfather was Woodrow Wilson. National Photo Co. View full size.

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Mary Faith McAdoo

Since we know a bit about Ellen McAdoo, here are some facts about her younger sister, who was 3 when this photo was taken:

Mary McAdoo was about five years younger than Ellen, born in New York City on April 6, 1920, and named for her paternal grandmother. Her mother, Eleanor, daughter of Woodrow Wilson, was 25 years younger than her father, William G. McAdoo. It was his second marriage, his first wife having died in 1912. They divorced in 1934.

Eleanor announced Mary's engagement to Gerald James, an artist at Walt Disney Studios, in May 1940, but they never married. Mary wed Donald Wilson Thackwell in 1946. He died in 1962. She married Nicholas M. Haddad in 1966, but they divorced in 1969. Her last marriage was to Russell Vernon Bush in 1970. Mary died in Goleta, California, on Nov. 14, 1988, at age 68. She had no children.

Much ado for McAdoos

These two sisters did not end up with overly happy lives despite their wealth.
Ellen (the bigger sister) died in 1946 after 2 marriages and divorces, and a very racist father who wanted to make sure she only married someone 100% Caucasian.
She was 31 years old when she died.

Mary Faith (who was three in this picture) at least lived to age 68 but had 3 marriages and divorces.

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