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
Martha Washington1789-1797
Abigail Adams1797-1801
Martha Jefferson Randolph1801-1809
Dolley Madison1801-1817(Dorothea)
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe1817-1825
Louisa Adams1825-1829
Emily Donelson1829-1836
Sarah Yorke Jackson1834-1837
Angelica Van Buren1837-1841
Anna Harrison1841
Jane Irwin Harrison1841
Letitia Christian Tyler1841-1842
Priscilla Cooper Tyler1842-1844
Julia Gardiner Tyler1844-1845
Sarah Childress Polk1845-1849
Margaret Taylor1849-1850(Peggy)
Abigail Fillmore1850-1853
Jane Pierce1853-1857
Harriet Lane1857-1861
Mary Todd Lincoln1861-1865
Eliza McCardle Johnson1865-1869
Julia Grant1869-1877
Lucy Webb Hayes1877-1881
Lucretia Rudolph Garfield1881
Mary Arthur McElroy1881-1885
Rose Cleveland1885-1886
Frances Folsom Cleveland1886-1889; 1893-1897
Caroline Harrison1889-1892(Carrie)
Mary Harrison McKee1892-1893
Ida Saxton McKinley1897-1901
Edith Roosevelt1901-1909
Helen Herron Taft1909-1913(Nellie)
Ellen Axson Wilson1913-1914
Edith Wilson1915-1921
Florence Harding1921-1923
Grace Coolidge1923-1929
Lou Henry Hoover1929-1933(Louise)
Eleanor Roosevelt1933-1945(Anna)
Elizabeth Truman1945-1953(Bess)
Mamie Eisenhower1953-1961
Jacqueline Kennedy1961-1963
Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson1963-1969
Pat Nixon1969-1974(Patricia)
Betty Ford1974-1977(Elizabeth)
Rosalynn Carter1977-1981(Eleanor)
Nancy Reagan1981-1989
Barbara Bush1989-1993
Hillary Rodham Clinton1993-2001
Laura Bush2001-2009
Michelle Obama2009-