Tag Archives: First Lady History

The Private Sorrow of Eliza McCardle Johnson

  First Lady Eliza McCardle Johnson. Quick Bio on Eliza Eliza McCardle (1810-1876) was Tennessee-born and an only child. While most of the American First Ladies were middle-class gentry, if not out-and-out well-to-do, Eliza was likely the poorest of the … Continue reading

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Martha Washington’s Agony: Patsy Custis

When Martha Dandridge Custis married George Washington, she had two little children, ages four and two. George Washington, Stepfather Martha Dandridge had married Daniel Custis when she was eighteen. Eight years later, he died, leaving his widow with a vast … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Son Payne Todd: The Final Blow

Dolley Madison’s son, Payne Todd, had always been a disappointment. Payne Todd in Brief Dolley Madison (1768-1849) had been married to John Todd, a Quaker lawyer, for three years. Then he died, leaving her with a two-year-old son. When she … Continue reading

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Nellie Taft Writes Her Memoirs

This is a sad story with a delayed happier ending. Nellie: Discovering the Ambition Helen (Nellie) Herron (1861-1943) was smart as a whip, and as ambitious as Caesar. She had the ambition to want things, and the ambition to work … Continue reading

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President and Mrs. Hoover at Rapidan Camp

Both Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover loved the great outdoors. The Outdoorsy Hoovers In the 1880s, when both Herbert and Lou Hoover were children transplanted to Oregon and California respectively, the Wild West was still “wild.” “Bert,” as he was … Continue reading

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JQ Adams and the Honeymoon Disappointment

John Quincy Adams was a 30-year-old diplomat when he married. JQ the Diplomat John Quincy Adams was a recent graduate of Harvard College when George Washington became president in 1789. He had received an exceptional education during the 8 years he … Continue reading

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The Murder of Ida McKinley’s Brother

In 1898, First Lady Ida McKinley received shocking news. Her brother had been murdered. George Saxton, Libertine and Rake The Saxtons were one of the most prominent and wealthy families in Canton, OH. They had three children, born within three … Continue reading

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