23 Little Known Facts About First Ladies of the United States

11Edith Bolling Wilson

Edith Bolling Wilson

Edith Bolling Wilson, the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson, is considered to be the first unofficial female President. She functionally ran the Executive branch of the government for the rest of her husband's term after he suffered a devastating stroke in 1919.

12Frances Folsom Cleveland

Frances Folsom Cleveland

Frances Folsom Cleveland, the US president Grover Cleveland's wife was the youngest first lady and the first to be married in the White House, and the first to give birth while her husband was president. Grover met her shortly after she was born when he was 27 years old.

13Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan met and fell in love with her future husband Ronald when she was blacklisted as an actress in Hollywood and sought out his help as the then Screen Actors Guild president to clear her name from the suspicion of being a communist.

14Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy

After President Kennedy was shot Jackie Kennedy wore her blood-soaked, pink dress to both the hospital and the swearing-in of President Johnson. The unlaundered suit was donated to the National Archives and Records Administration and will not be placed on public display until 2103.

15Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams is considered to be the first Second Lady and the second First Lady of the United States because she was the wife and closest advisor of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams. She is sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States.

16Edith Wilson

Edith Wilson

Woodrow Wilson's First Lady, Edith Wilson, grazed sheep on the White House lawn to raise money for the war effort during World War I by selling their wool.

17Harriet Lane Johnston

Harriet Lane Johnston

Harriet Lane Johnston, the niece to the bachelor president, James Buchanan, served as hostess for her uncle in the White House and was the first woman to be referred to as "First Lady."

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18Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison

USA first lady Dolley Madison served ice cream in the White House around the 1810s. Her favorite flavor to serve was Oyster flavored ice cream.

19Emily Donelson

Emily Donelson

Emily Donelson was only 21 years old when she became the de facto First Lady of the United States. She was replaced in the role during Andrew Jackson's second term, making her the "first First Lady" of the Jackson administration.

20Edith Wilson

Edith Wilson

First Lady Edith Wilson was a direct descendant of Pocahontas, helped run the presidency after her husband's stroke, and attended JFK's inauguration at the age of 88.

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