Presidential Hostess: 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

Presidential Hostess: 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

First Ladies: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe

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Elizabeth Monroe was the wife of the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe. She was born as Elizabeth Jane Kortright on June 30, 1768 in New York City. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Hannah Aspinwall Kortright. … Continued

First Ladies: Martha Jefferson Randolph

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Martha Jefferson Randolph, served as First Lady for her father, President Thomas Jefferson. Her mother, also named Martha, died in 1782, years before Thomas Jefferson became President. Martha was one of two of Thomas Jefferson‘s children to live into adulthood. … Continued

First Ladies: Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson

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Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, wife of President Thomas Jefferson, never served in the capacity of First Lady in the White House. She had died eighteen years before her husband became President of the United States. Martha Wayles was born on … Continued

First Ladies: Abigail Adams

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Abigail Smith was born on November 22, 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts to William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy Smith. Although she received no formal education, her mother taught her and her sisters to read and write and she had access to … Continued

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