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