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

First Ladies: 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

First Ladies: Mary Elizabeth Taylor Bliss

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Mary Elizabeth Bliss served as White House hostess in her ill mother’s, Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor, place. Betty, as she was called, was born on April 20, 1824.  She was the youngest of the Taylor children and one of three … Continued

First Ladies: Margaret “Peggy” Mackall Smith Taylor

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Margaret “Peggy” Mackall Smith Taylor is said to have prayed that her husband would not win the election for the Presidency. Margaret Mackall Smith was born on September 21, 1788 to Walter and Ann “Peggy” Mackall Smith.  She was most … Continued

First Ladies: Julia Gardiner Tyler

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Julia Gardiner became the second wife of John Tyler. John Tyler was the first sitting President to marry while in office. Julia Gardiner was born on May 4, 1820 on Gardiner’s Island in New York. She was the daughter of … Continued

First Ladies: Priscilla Cooper Tyler

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Priscilla Cooper Tyler was the daughter-in-law of President John Tyler. During the majority of his Presidency, she served as White House hostess. Elizabeth Priscilla Cooper was born on June 14, 1816 in New York City. She was the daughter of … Continued

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