Carol McCain

Born Feb 19, 1938

Carol Shepp McCain is a former model, director of the White House Visitors Office, and event planner. She was the first wife of United States Senator and two-time presidential candidate John McCain.

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1938 Birth Born on February 19, 1938.


1954 16 Years Old Carol Shepp grew up in Philadelphia. She first knew John McCain while he was attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis from 1954 to 1958.


1958 20 Years Old In 1958 she married one of his midshipman classmates, Alasdair E. Swanson, who had been a football and basketball star there. … Read More
1964 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The couple subsequently divorced in June 1964, after she sued him for infidelity. … Read More
1965 27 Years Old On July 3, 1965, Shepp married McCain in Philadelphia. … Read More
1966 28 Years Old The McCains then had a daughter named Sidney in September 1966.
1967 29 Years Old John McCain was shot down and badly injured over North Vietnam on October 26, 1967, beginning what would be five and a half years as a prisoner of war. … Read More


1969 31 Years Old While visiting her family in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve 1969, Carol McCain skidded and crashed into a telephone pole as she was navigating icy, isolated country roads while driving alone. … Read More
1970 32 Years Old Carol was interviewed on CBS Evening News in 1970 and said Christmas had no meaning for her without her husband but that she carried on with it for their children.
1973 35 Years Old The McCains were reunited upon his release from captivity on March 14, 1973. … Read More
1976 38 Years Old Carol McCain was the Clay County director for Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign, as he sought the Republican Party nomination. … Read More


By 1979, the McCains were still living together.
The McCains stopped cohabiting in January 1980; he filed for divorce in February 1980, which she accepted. When asked by a friend what had gone wrong, she said, "It's just one of those things." The uncontested divorce became official in Fort Walton Beach on April 2, 1980. … Read More
She was director of the 1981 Reagan inaugural ball, and as the Reagan administration began, she handled scheduling for the First Lady and the Reagan children.
1982 44 Years Old Despite the divorce, Carol McCain has remained on good terms with John McCain and has supported him in all his subsequent political campaigns. She refused to discuss her marriage with an election opponent of McCain's in 1982 who was seeking negative information about him, telling the opponent that "a gentleman never would have called".
1987 49 Years Old She left the White House Visitors Office position in January 1987 to join Philadelphia-based We the People 200, Inc., which was the organization planning the celebration for the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution that year. … Read More


1990 52 Years Old By 1990, she was a spokesperson for Washington, Inc., a large event planning company.
1991 53 Years Old During 1991, she was a spokesperson for the Desert Storm Homecoming Foundation, which held a $12 million victory celebration and memorial in Washington in June 1991 following the conclusion of the Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm. … Read More


2003 65 Years Old In 2003, Carol McCain retired and moved to a bungalow in Virginia Beach. … Read More
2008 70 Years Old She supported his 2008 presidential campaign and told The Mail on Sunday in June 2008 she was not bitter and that, "He’s a good guy. … Read More
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