Tag Archives: First Ladies history

Robert Lincoln’s Secret Trip

Robert Todd Lincoln was a private man who assiduously shunned the spotlight. Robert T. Lincoln: 1865 Robert Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln, had neither of his parents’ outgoing personalities. He made friends easily enough, but he was a laid-back … Continue reading

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Mary Lincoln: The Last Sad Years

In late 1880, Mary Lincoln, no longer able to live on her own, left Europe and returned to live with her sister in Springfield, Illinois. She was sixty-one. The Widow Lincoln in Exile When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April, … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Wednesday Squeezes

It did not start out to be a major event – but it became the benchmark of Washington society for nearly two decades. Washington 1801: Martha Washington and Abigail Adams, were both in their late fifties when they became First … Continue reading

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First Lady Nellie Taft and the CSO

Helen Herron Taft had two passions in her life. First and foremost was politics. Then came music. Nellie Taft: Musician and Politician Piano lessons was practically a given in most nineteenth century middle-class families. Of course, then as now, not … Continue reading

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Martha Washington: The White House Portrait

The huge portrait of Martha Washington that balances the famous Gilbert Stuart painting of her husband, was painted more than seventy five years after her death. White House Portraits Before photography had advanced sufficiently to achieve artistic popularity, a portrait … Continue reading

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Ida McKinley: Congressional Invalid

Ida McKinley had suffered through one of the worst years anyone could imagine. The trauma would be permanent. The McKinleys Move to Washington Losing both their small children, and having his young wife’s health permanently impaired by phlebitis and “unnameable” … Continue reading

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Julia Grant and the Actress

Marie Dressler, probably forgotten today, was a mega-star character movie actress of the early 20th century. She starred with Charlie Chaplin – and Greta Garbo! Miss Dressler, Actress Marie Dressler (1868-1934) was a large woman, plain, and plus-sized. But she … Continue reading

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