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By: Samuel M. Chinwe
The First lady is a title used in addressing the wife of the American president but in some case where the wife is not in the position to perform her duties, a female counterpart like daughter or sister might also be addressed so. Let go through some of the remarkable records these women hold while in office.
Polls conducted recorded her approval rating at 82 percent and disapproval at 13 percent. That places Lauren Bush as one of the most popular first ladies.
She was the first inaugural First Lady to have earned a postgraduate degree and to have her own professional career up to the time of entering the White House. She was also the first to have an office in the West Wing of the White House in addition to the usual First Lady offices in the East Wing.
The wife of George Washington in 1789 became the first First Lady of the United States. In 1886: The first woman to appear on U.S. currency, Martha Washington, was featured on the $1 silver certificate.
Is the second First Lady born outside the United States, and the first one to be a naturalized U.S. citizen.
According to Melania, she is a Catholic. She is the first Catholic to live in the White House since President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline and the second Catholic First Lady of the United States.
The first African-American First Lady.
Was the first Second Lady and the second First Lady of the United States and the mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams. She became the first First Lady to reside at the White House
The most recent First Lady to die was Barbara Bush in 2018.
Martha Jefferson Randolph
Was the first acting First Lady or hostess to her widowed father president Thomas Jefferson from March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1809.
She was the only First Lady given an honorary seat on the floor of Congress, and the first First Lady (and first American) to respond to a telegraph message sent by inventor Samuel Morse.
She was the first First Lady to be born outside the United States, a distinction that would not be shared until 192 years later by Melania Trump.
Sarah Yorke Jackson
Sarah Yorke Jackson and Emily Donelson worked as co-hostess with President Andrew Jackson, this was the only time two women held this position in the white house at a time. Emily died in 1836 while Sarah maintain her position till the expiration of Jackson tenure in 1837.
Angelica Singleton Van Buren
She is the youngest woman ever to act as the White House hostess at age 20.
At age 65 was the oldest woman to assume the position of the First Lady in March 4 1841. the distinction of holding the title for the shortest length of time, and the first person to be widowed while holding the title. She was the last First Lady to have been born in British America.
Letitia Christian Tyler
The first First Lady to die in the White House, Letitia Tyler died peacefully, at the age of 51 from a stroke.
Priscilla Cooper Tyler
She was also the first woman acting as First Lady to travel with the President as an official member of the Presidential party, accompanying John Tyler to Boston for the dedication of the Bunker Hill Monument in June 1843.
Sarah Childress Polk
A devout Presbyterian, as First Lady she banned dancing, card games, and hard liquor at official receptions.
Was the first First Lady recorded on film.
Lucy Webb Hayes
Was the first First Lady to have a college degree, first wife of a President to be widely referred to as the First Lady by the press. Lucy was the first First Lady to use a typewriter, a telephone, and a phonograph while in office, and was also the first to enjoy a permanent system of running water in the White House.
Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston
Becoming First Lady at age 21, she remains the youngest wife of a sitting president marrying Grover Cleveland 15 months into his tenure in 1893. Frances was the first First Lady to give birth to a child while her husband was President. The only person to serve the position of a First Lady in two non-consecutive times, meaning she married two presidents.
Helen Herron Taft
Taft became the first First Lady to ride in her husband’s inauguration parade . Nellie Taft was the first First Lady to publish her memoirs, the first First Lady to own and drive a car, the first First Lady to support women’s suffrage, the first First Lady to smoke cigarettes, and the first First Lady to successfully lobby for safety standards in federal workplaces. Also the first First Lady to follow her husband in the inauguration parade. She introduced musical entertainment after state dinners which became a White House tradition.
Florence Mabel Harding
She was the first First Lady to vote, operate a movie camera, own a radio or invite movie stars to the White House.
Grace Anna Coolidge
She was also the first First Lady to speak in sound newsreels. In 1931 she was voted one of America’s twelve greatest living women.
In 1889 Caroline Harrison raised the first Christmas tree in the White House.
in 1890 she helped found the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and served as its first President General
Lou Henry Hoover
Distinguished herself by becoming the first First Lady to broadcast on a regular and nationwide basis.
She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences and in 1940 became the first to speak at a national party convention.
She currently holds the record of longest-lived First Lady and longest-lived Second Lady, at 97 years, 247 days.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
She was the first presidential wife to hire a press secretary. Kennedy was the only First Lady to win an Emmy after she made a restoration on the white house placing it on film. Making travels more than any of the preceding First Ladies. In 1964 Kennedy made an agreement with National Archives and Records Administration that the unwashed blood-stained suit she wore on her husband’s assassination will not be placed on public display until 2103.
Lady Bird Johnson
Lady Bird’s tenure as First Lady marked the beginning of the hiring of employees in the East Wing to work specifically on the First Lady’s projects.
The First Lady had long been irritated with the mindset that the white house is for the rich and famous. During a trip to South Vietnam, Pat became the first First Lady to enter a combat zone. She became the first First Lady to visit Africa in 1972, on an eight-day journey to Ghana, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast.
She also raised awareness of addiction when in the 1970s, she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism and substance abuse, being the first First Lady to do so.
She was the first First Lady to keep her own office in the East Wing.
The greatest number of former First Ladies to be alive at one time was ten, during the period from June 2, 1886 to August 23, 1887 and March 4 to June 25, 1889.
Presently we have four living former First Lady’s name Rosalynn carter, Hillary Clinton Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.
Caroline Harrison (1892) and Ellen Wilson (1914) are the only first ladies to have died in the White House.