First Ladies: Letitia Christian Tyler

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Letitia Christian was born on November 12, 1790 in Cedar Grove, Virginia. She was the daughter of Colonel Robert and Mary Brown Christian. The family lived on Cedar Grove Plantation. She met a young law student, John Tyler, in 1808. … Continued

First Ladies: Anna Harrison Taylor

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Anna Harrison Taylor, daughter of President William Henry Harrison, is also believed to have accompanied her father and along with her sister-in-law, Jane Irwin Harrison, served as unofficial hostess. Anna Tuthill Harrison was born on October 28, 1813, the youngest daughter … Continued

First Ladies: Jane Irwin Harrison

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When Anna Symmes Harrison, proved too ill to travel to Washington, D.C. with her husband, William Henry Harrison, for his upcoming inauguration he asked his recently widowed daughter-in-law to accompany him. This daughter-in-law, Jane Irwin Harrison, was the widow of … Continued

First Ladies: Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison

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Anna Harrison became the first wife of a sitting President, to become his widow. She was also the grandmother of a future president, Benjamin Harrison. Anna Elizabeth Symmes was born on July 25, 1775 in Morristown, New Jersey. She was … Continued

First Ladies: Angelica Sinclair Van Buren

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When Martin Van Buren became the eighth President of the United States, he needed someone to serve as hostess for him. His wife, Hannah, had died from tuberculosis in 1819. President Van Buren turned to his daughter-in-law, Angelica, to serve … Continued

First Ladies: Sarah Yorke Jackson

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Sarah York Jackson also served as hostess for President Andrew Jackson, whose wife Rachel Jackson died before he took office. She served after Emily Donelson either became unable to serve or refused to continue serving. Eventually the two women would … Continued

First Ladies: Emily Donelson

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Emily Donelson was the niece of Rachel Donelson Jackson. Upon her aunt’s death, Emily stepped up to serve as hostess for her uncle, President Andrew Jackson. Emily’s father, John, was the brother of Rachel Jackson. Emily Tennessee Donelson was born … Continued

First Ladies: Rachel Donelson Jackson

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Rachel Jackson was the wife of Andrew Jackson. She died after her husband won the election for President, but before he ever took office. Unofficially, she never served as White House. Her niece Emily Donelson took over her role as … Continued

First Ladies: Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams

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Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams held the special distinction of being the only First Lady not born in the United States, until our current First Lady. Louisa Catherine Johnson was born in London, England on February 12, 1775. She was the … Continued

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