American First Ladies

The First Lady of the United States is the hostess of the White House. The role is usually, but (contrary to popular belief) not always, filled by the wife of the president; bachelor and widowed presidents have had daughters, sisters, nieces or friends as their first ladies. It is unknown what the protocol will be should a woman become president. (See also Presidents of the United States.)
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NameYearsOther Names
Abigail Adams1797-1801
Abigail Fillmore1850-1853
Angelica Van Buren1837-1841
Anna Harrison1841
Barbara Bush1989-1993
Betty Ford1974-1977(Elizabeth)
Caroline Harrison1889-1892(Carrie)
Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson1963-1969
Dolley Madison1801-1817(Dorothea)
Edith Roosevelt1901-1909
Edith Wilson1915-1921
Eleanor Roosevelt1933-1945(Anna)
Eliza McCardle Johnson1865-1869
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe1817-1825
Elizabeth Truman1945-1953(Bess)
Ellen Axson Wilson1913-1914
Emily Donelson1829-1836
Florence Harding1921-1923
Frances Folsom Cleveland1886-1889; 1893-1897
Grace Coolidge1923-1929
Harriet Lane1857-1861
Helen Herron Taft1909-1913(Nellie)
Hillary Rodham Clinton1993-2001
Ida Saxton McKinley1897-1901
Jacqueline Kennedy1961-1963
Jane Irwin Harrison1841
Jane Pierce1853-1857
Julia Grant1869-1877
Julia Gardiner Tyler1844-1845
Laura Bush2001-2009
Letitia Christian Tyler1841-1842
Lou Henry Hoover1929-1933(Louise)
Louisa Adams1825-1829
Lucretia Rudolph Garfield1881
Lucy Webb Hayes1877-1881
Mamie Eisenhower1953-1961
Margaret Taylor1849-1850(Peggy)
Martha Jefferson Randolph1801-1809
Martha Washington1789-1797
Mary Todd Lincoln1861-1865
Mary Arthur McElroy1881-1885
Mary Harrison McKee1892-1893
Michelle Obama2009-
Nancy Reagan1981-1989
Pat Nixon1969-1974(Patricia)
Priscilla Cooper Tyler1842-1844
Rosalynn Carter1977-1981(Eleanor)
Rose Cleveland1885-1886
Sarah Yorke Jackson1834-1837
Sarah Childress Polk1845-1849
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