Ann Cabell Standish is the wife of American attorney Robert Mueller, who served as the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) between 2001 and 2013. She supported her husband through thick and thin for more than five decades, and especially after the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, which happened one week after he took over as the FBI director. In his profile on the University of Virginia's law school website, he referred to her as "a true saint" for standing by his side when he went to the Vietnam War and law school. During the time her husband was fighting in the Vietnam War, immediately after their marriage, Standish began working as a special education teacher for children with learning disabilities at a private school in Washington. While she has lived a rather private life so far, there has been a renewed interest in her life after her husband was appointed the special counsel of the investigation into Russian interference in the recent United States elections in May 2017.
Rise to Fame
While Ann Cabell Standish has been married to Robert Mueller for over 50 years, supporting him throughout his illustrious military and law careers, she always maintained a low profile. She has featured in news headlines a few times, in connection with her husband's job, especially when an article in 'The Washingtonian' mentioned how she stood up for Mueller’s employees once. She reportedly pointed out to him that he was working his staff too hard. He subsequently called his counsel Chuck Rosenberg to ask him if he was doing alright. She recently gained media attention after being spotted with her husband at an Apple Store in Georgetown in September 2018, when her fashionable Nike sneakers caught the eyes of several social media users. The husband and wife duo were spotted at the Salt & Pepper restaurant in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, D.C. in March 2019 after he filed the long-awaited investigation report on Russian interference.
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Family & Personal Life
Ann Cabell Standish was born on April 2, 1948 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania to Thomas Anderson Standish, Jr. and Dorothy Lucile Standish (née Cabell). She attended Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, before completing her graduation from Sarah Lawrence College.
Ann Cabell Standish first met her future husband Robert Mueller at a high school party when both of them were 17 years old, following which he reportedly invited her for a weekend visit. After both of them graduated, Mueller decided to join the military as he was influenced by the death of his lacrosse teammate David Spencer Hackett in the Vietnam War. In 1966, he got married to Standish; and two years later, he joined the Marines and was sent off to Vietnam. The couple was married by the Rev. Samuel Odom at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, during the Labor Day weekend on September 3. When Mueller went to Vietnam, Standish spent her time teaching children with learning disabilities at a private school in Washington. Nine months later, she flew to Hawaii from the East Coast to meet her husband as he had stopped there for a few days to rest and recuperate. She was accompanied by their infant daughter Cynthia, whom Mueller had never seen before. There she learned that her husband was considering extending his deployment for another six months. However, a few months later, Mueller was assigned to a desk job at Marine headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. He subsequently went to law school and became a prosecutor. The couple has two daughters, Cynthia and Melissa, and three grandchildren. One of their daughters was born with spina bifida, a birth defect wherein a baby's spinal cord fails to develop properly.
Influence on Robert Mueller
Ann Cabell Standish's husband Robert Mueller has been very vocal about his deep devotion to her, praising her time and again for supporting him unconditionally. Both she and her husband are very family-oriented and regularly spent time with their children ever since the early days of their marriage. Mueller, who often travels overseas for work, makes sure that he leaves on Sunday and returns by Friday, just in time to take his wife and children out for dinner. When he was serving as the U.S. Attorney for the district of Northern California, Standish and her daughters came to pick him up from work. Standish has moved across the US 17 times with him because of the nature of his job, even though she swore every time that it was going to be the last. According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2009, she had banned the former FBI director from online banking after he almost fell for a phishing scam.