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TheDailyBeast: Couples We Can Still Believe In

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Colin and Alma Powell

Colin and Alma Powell’s quickie wedding has since turned into one of the strongest political marriages in an age when government infidelity runs rampant. The former secretary of State was set up with Alma Johnson in November 1961 in Boston. It was the first blind date for both Colin and Alma, and would be their last. Colin called the next day to ask his future wife out on a second date, writing in his 1995 book, "My American Journey," that Alma "had everything I would ever want in a wife." "Alma must have loved me because I was not a romantic suitor," he wrote in his autobiography. "I did not even buy her an engagement ring… She was wise enough to know that the trappings tell little about success in marriage. ‘Don’t worry about the ring,’ she told me. ‘You can make it up to me later.’ Which I eventually did, with a fairly nice rock." Two weeks after his ring-less proposal, the pair married at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 25, 1962, or as Powell called it, "my luckiest day." The couple has since had three children and Alma has been a devout wife and mother, she told Ebony it wasn't always an easy feat throughout their 47-year marriage: "You have to be a very strong person yourself. You have to have a certain sense of adventure and an awful lot of patience." But her husband’s temperament has helped. "Without exception, Colin is the calmest person I know. He gives me calm."

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