Tag Archives: First Lady History

The Death of FLOTUS Caroline Harrison

The election of 1892 was another Presidential rematch. The Rematch Election Sitting Republican President Benjamin Harrison was poised to seek a second term – against Democratic ex-President Grover Cleveland, who held the position from 1885-9. Grover Cleveland was generally well … Continue reading

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Frances Cleveland: The Wedding Gown

Grover Cleveland came to the White House with a secret. Grover Cleveland’s Secret    At 49 years old, Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) was a lifelong bachelor. Nearly 300-pounds on his 5’9” frame, he was the heaviest President up to that time … Continue reading

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Grace Coolidge at the Confluence

No one could have been more surprised by the 1920 Republican convention than Grace Goodhue Coolidge. The Beginning of Fame The nomination of Warren G. Harding was a surprise to the country. Choosing a Vice Presidential candidate was an afterthought. … Continue reading

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William Howard Taft: Illness in The Philippines

After the War With Spain, the remnants of its empire fell into our hands. The USA as an Empire By and large, most people in the United States were extremely lukewarm about inheriting Spanish colonies following the mercifully short Spanish … Continue reading

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Lucy Hayes and the WCTU Portrait

First Lady Lucy Hayes was considered the embodiment of the “New Woman.” But was she? Lucy Hayes: The Old Fashioned Girl Lucy Ware Webb (1831-79) was Ohio born, and half-orphaned by the time she was two. Her mother, Maria Webb, … Continue reading

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Florence Harding: The Lost Decade

Florence Harding was a woman with deep secrets. Florence Kling: Lonely, Angry Girl Florence Kling (1860-1924) was born to Amos Kling, a middle-class businessman in Marion, Ohio, just as the Civil War was getting underway. She was eldest, with two … Continue reading

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Edith Wilson and the Lalique Brooch

Edith Bolling Galt was the widow of a prestigious Washington jeweler. The Jeweler’s Wife Edith Bolling was born in 1872. Her father was a well respected Virginia judge, somewhat down on his fortunes following the Civil War. Edith was also … Continue reading

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Will and Nellie Taft: A Modern Marriage, Part 1

William Howard Taft and Helen (from-birth Nellie) Herron were born and raised Victorians – but they had a very modern marriage. The Early Years Both William Howard Taft (1857-1930) and Helen Herron (1861-1943) were pedigreed Cincinnatians. He was the son … Continue reading

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Sarah Polk: Gas Lighting

Sarah Childress Polk was FLOTUS in the mid-1840s – a time of major technical and industrial advances. Technology, Circa 1840s When James and Sarah Polk were in the White House (1845-49), the country had grown enormously. Between 1830 and 1840, … Continue reading

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Lucretia Garfield: The Rough Road to a Happy Marriage

When the Garfields became First Couple in 1880, they had a solid and happy marriage, but… …A Long Time A-Comin’ When James Garfield and Lucretia Rudolph married in 1858, they were both twenty-seven – and had been engaged for five … Continue reading

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