First Ladies: Martha Johnson Patterson

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Martha Johnson Patterson was the oldest daughter and child of President Andrew Johnson and his wife, Eliza McCardle Johnson. She served as hostess on many occasions for her mother who was weak with tuberculosis. Martha Johnson was born on October … Continued

First Ladies: Mary Todd Lincoln

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Mary Todd Lincoln was the first First Lady to have her husband assassinated. She’d watched her husband age with the progression of the Civil War. Mary Lincoln suffered much loss and tragedy in her life. Mary Ann Todd was born … Continued

First Ladies: Harriet Lane

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Harriet Lane was the niece of bachelor President James Buchanan. She would serve as his First Lady during his presidency. Harriet Rebecca Lane was born on May 9, 1830 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Elliott Tole … Continued

Presidential Hostess: Abigail Atherton Kent Means

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Abigail “Abby” Atherton Kent Means filled in for her niece, Jane Appleton Pierce, in the duties of hostess under President Franklin Pierce. Franklin and Jane Pierce mourned the loss of their son, Benjamin, in a train accident only two months … Continued

First Ladies: Jane Means Appleton Pierce

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Jane is described as a “delicate” child and adult. Her brother-in-law was an instructor at Bowdoin College to a young man named Franklin Pierce. How Jane and Franklin met is not known for sure, all though this connection seems the … Continued

Presidential Wives: Caroline Carmichael Fillmore

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Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore was the second wife of President Millard Fillmore. The couple married after he left the White House and she never actually served in the role of First Lady. Caroline Carmichael was born on October 21, 1813 … Continued

Presidential Daughters: Abbey Fillmore

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Mary Abigail Fillmore was the daughter of President Millard Fillmore. Due to her mother’s ill health, she often served as White House hostess. She was born on March 27, 1832 and named after her mother, who was Abigail Powers, before … Continued

First Ladies: Abigail Powers Fillmore

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Abigail Powers Fillmore was a teacher to her husband, before the two married. Abigail Powers was born on March 13, 1798 in Stillwater, New York. She was the daughter of Rev. Lemuel and Abigail Newland Powers. Shortly after Abigail’s death, … Continued