Tag Archives: First Ladies

Martha Johnson Patterson: First Daughter

Martha Johnson Patterson served for nearly four years as de facto First Lady to an unpopular president. The Johnson Family of Greeneville Andrew Johnson (1808-75) was seventeen years old when he pushed a cart across the North Carolina border into … Continue reading

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The Courtship of Bess and Harry Truman

Bess Wallace and Harry Truman courted (sort of) for nearly thirty years. Little Boy Harry and Little Girl Bess: Writing of his courtship many years after his marriage, Harry Truman said he first fell in love with Bess Wallace when … Continue reading

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Edith Roosevelt: Raising Eagles

Edith Carow Roosevelt was a mother of six when she became First Lady in 1901. The “Other” Mrs. Roosevelt Over the past seventy-five years or more, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt has eclipsed the name of the “other” Mrs Roosevelt, her … Continue reading

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FLOTUS McKinley: White House Invalid

Many historians claim William McKinley would have been a far greater president had he not been so distracted by his invalid wife. Ida McKinley: Candidate’s Wife Shortly before the 1896 election, William and Ida McKinley celebrated their Silver Anniversary. More … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Merry Party

The position of Secretary of State is the country’s premier diplomatic post. James Madison and the Merrys Anthony Merry was the first British Minister Plenipotentiary (considered Ambassador) sent to the United States. He and his uber pretentious wife Elizabeth were … Continue reading

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Unusual For Their TIme: On the Road With America’s First Ladies, Vol 1: A Book Review

Andy Ochs has written an extremely unique book. It is part historical-ish, part biographical-ish, part memoir-ish, part travelogue-ish – and completely delightful! Contracted to film C-SPAN’s First Ladies series in 2014-15, the author-cum-camera toured the country visiting the homes, birthplaces … Continue reading

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The Lincolns and the Actors

Everyone knows about Abraham Lincoln’s brief run-in with John Wilkes Booth, but  other Lincolns had life and death incidents involving theater folks. Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth John Wilkes Booth came from a well regarded family of dramatic actors. His … Continue reading

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