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  1. Roberta Wright McCain (February 7, 1912 – October 12, 2020) was an American socialite and oil heiress. She was the wife of Admiral John S. McCain Jr., with whom she had three children including politician John S. McCain III and stage actor and journalist Joe McCain.

  2. Oct 12, 2020 · Roberta McCain was a young woman when her three children were born, later telling the Oklahoma paper that she was “too young and irresponsible to know you were supposed to worry about them. I ...

    • Early Life
    • Marriage and Family
    • John McCain's 2008 Presidential Campaign
    • Later Life

    Roberta Wright and her identical twin sister Rowena (1912–2011) were born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on 7 February 1912. Their parents were Archibald Wright (1874–1971), a Los Angeles oil wildcatter, and Myrtle Mae Fletcher (1885–1972).[2][3] Her father became a stay-at-home dad after gaining wealth from the oil industry and the family traveled constantly, with trips every summer during August.[3]

    On 21 January 1933, she eloped in Tijuana, Mexico with a naval ensign, later to become four-star Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. in Caesar's Bar. She was attending the University of Southern California and McCain was attached to USS Oklahoma (BB-37).[3][4][5]She became the daughter-in-law of Admiral John S. McCain, Sr., a noted World War II carrier admiral under Fleet Admiral William Halsey. In 1952, she was the ship sponsor for USS John S. McCain (DL-3), named for her father-in-law. She was also an honored guest at the 1992 launching of USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) which was named for her husband and her father-in-law. She was also active in Navy Wives Clubs. For example, during Christmas 1971, she traveled to Saigon and presented $1,000 ($6,187 today) and 14 boxes of clothing to the Vietnam Advisory Board of Operation Helping Hand on behalf of the Pearl Harbor area Navy Wives Clubs.[6] Roberta McCain gave birth to three children, one daughter and two sons: Jean Alexandra "Sandy" (McCai...

    McCain campaigned during her son's 2008 presidential campaign, and was active in 2007[13] and 2008 despite her advanced age.[14] In November 2007, her comments about Mitt Romney, his role in organizing the 2002 Winter Olympics and Mormonism during an MSNBC interview generated minor political controversy and forced her son to respond to clarify her remarks.[15][16] In August 2008, she had a fashion shoot and was featured in a pair of Vogue magazine articles.[17][18] On May 13, 2009, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[19] Her comments about Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann created a stir with politicos on both sides even after her son's failed presidential bid.[20][21]

    McCain's life of traveling with family, specifically her twin sister, was noted by Maureen Orth in The New York Times in December 2007.[22] On October 22, 2009, she was hospitalized while traveling in Portugal after she fell and injured her head.[23] Her 100th birthday was noted in a number of periodicals in the United States,[24] including an article by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ken Herman.[25] She was featured in Town & Country magazine later that year.[26] In September 2013, television commentator Greta Van Susteren wrote about McCain in an essay that was featured by Politico during their series "Women Rule" which sought to explore "how women are leading change in politics, policy and their communities."[27] In September 2013, McCain and her parlor were featured in an article in the peer-reviewed academic journal, the Journal of Urban History.[28] In 2018, members of her family took to social media to express birthday wishes and memories of McCain over the years.[29] She...

  3. Oct 12, 2020 · Roberta McCain, whose son, Senator John McCain of Arizona, said she had inspired his will to survive as a prisoner of war in Vietnam — and who at 96 campaigned spiritedly in his losing bid for ...

  4. Dec 26, 2020 · Roberta McCain: A Military Matriarch With a Sense of Adventure. Born two months before the Titanic sank, she died 108 years later having outlived her husband, her beloved twin sister, Rowena, and ...

  5. Oct 12, 2020 · Roberta McCain attended her son's funeral services in Washington after the Arizona Republican died at 81 from brain cancer in 2018. The McCain matriarch was a frequent presence on the campaign ...

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