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Presidential passel

  • The Warner kids from left to right, Pierce, 3, Truman, 7, Quincy, 3, Harding, 7, McKinley, 3, and Ford, 5, in the backyard of their Rincon Valley home, Thursday, February 14, 2013. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

David Warner is such a fan of U.S. presidential history that he entered his wedding reception to the strains of "Hail to the Chief," a surprise arranged by his new bride, Chelsie.

Warner held stints at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., where he had access to original presidential documents, and as a press aide to the Clinton and Gore campaigns.

Now an attorney in Santa Rosa, one whose clients include the cities of Healdsburg and Fort Bragg, Warner's office is adorned with presidential memorabilia.

The Warner Family


To really grasp the depth of his passion, however, you have to visit his Rincon Valley home, where on a recent afternoon, six cherubs danced about, fought for turns on the Wii and in general acted like little chiefs in command.

Present were the 3-year-old triplets -- McKinley, Quincy and Pierce -- and Ford, 5, Harding, 6, and Truman, 7.

If those names ring a bell, give yourself extra credit on this Presidents Day holiday.

"Most people don't recognize the trend," Chelsie Warner said.

That included one of Harding's teachers, who remarked to Warner one day, "I thought you were going to name your kids after presidents."

The couple never dreamed they would do so prior to conceiving their first child eight years ago. They weren't even sure they could have kids at all, given test results that were not all that encouraging.

David grew up in Minnesota and earned a law degree from UCLA. Chelsie, who was raised in Salinas, also has a law degree, from Cornell University.

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