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President Ronald Reagan and VP George H.W. Bush.

Remembering The Greatest President, Ronald Reagan

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September 6th 1901: McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. The President died from gangrene which developed from the bullet wounds on September 14th and was succeeded by his Vice-President, Theodore Roosevelt.

Star Tracks: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | GAME FACES | They're ballers! Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush show their support for college hoops on Monday, catching the NCAA men's basketball championship game alongside Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and wife Candice in Arlington, Texas.

Rosalynn Carter, wife of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president.

Rosalynn Carter, First Lady: Picture

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Martha Washington, American First Lady married to President George Washington. She has been described as a warm and down to earth woman earning her the name Lady Washington. There was not a set protocol for the First Lady to follow written in the Constitution. However, Congress set up guidelines for her and President Washington to follow. The couple could not entertain in the homes of private citizens and there were restrictions placed when making visits.

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Martha Jefferson, wife of President Thomas Jefferson. Many historians and scholars state if she had lived, her husband would not have been president because his passions lied more with her than politics. Little is known of Mrs. Jefferson because her husband burned all correspondence from her following her death and he talked little about her.

Louisa Adams, American First Lady married to President John Quincy Adams. She is the only First Lady to be born outside the United States being born in London. Although shy and reserved, her socials skills helped get her husband elected President in 1824. She made the social calls to the wives of dignitaries and congressmen and was the hostess of lavish social events. She equated living in the White House to living in a prison and was not happy living there.

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Abigail Adams, American First Lady married to President John Adams. She was ahead of her time believing in equality for women and Black Americans. Many referred to Mrs. Adams as Mrs. President because they felt she had too much influence on the Presidency. Her husband referred to her council when making decisions. She was the first President’s wife to live in the White House then called the President’s mansion when the capital moved from Philadelphia to Washington D.C.

Dolley Madison, American First Lady married to President James Madison. She received word that the British were going to invade Washington, D.C. Before the British could attack, Mrs. Madison saved important political documents and the portrait of George Washington. She loaded the items in her wagon and left. Once she returned to Washington and saw the destruction, she told the crowd awaiting her arrival, “We shall rebuild Washington City.”

Elizabeth Monroe, American First Lady married to President James Monroe. She set a social standard for future First Ladies to follow although it was not popular among Washington society at the time. She did away with social calls to wives of dignitaries and politicians, and limited social events to special occasions.

Rachel Jackson, wife of President Andrew Jackson. She died just a month before her husband became President. She was depressed and died of a heart attack after her health was weakened by slanderous accusations of bigamy and adultery. She was buried in the dress she was to wear at the inauguration.

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Anna Harrison, America First Lady married to President William Harrison. She was too ill to travel when her husband set out from Ohio in 1841 for his inauguration. At the news of her husband's landslide electoral victory in 1840, home-loving Anna Harrison said simply: "I wish that my husband's friends had left him where he is, happy and contented in retirement." She never went to Washington as her husband died exactly one month after his inauguration.

White House History | First Ladies: ANNA HARRISON / JANE HARRISON

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Hannah Van Buren, wife of President Martin Van Buren. Not much is known about Mrs. Van Buren except from the obituary written following her death from tuberculosis in 1819. The obituary described her as “Modest and unassuming, possessing the most engaging simplicity of manner… Her temper was uncommonly mild and sweet…Humility was her crowning grace…She was an ornament of the Christian faith.”

Hannah Van Buren Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story

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Julia Tyler, American First Lady married to President John Tyler. She was the 2nd wife of the President. She loved living in the White House and hosted elaborate parties. It was her idea to play “Hail to the Chief” when the President entered the room. Her critics thought she acted more like a queen than a First Lady and called her “Lady Presidentess”.

Julia Tyler Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story

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Sarah Polk, American First Lady married to President James K. Polk. Being a devout Presbyterian, Mrs. Polk did not approve of dancing or gambling but she loved fashion. Sundays were reserved for church. No liquor was allowed except wine for dinner. Vast members of society agreed with her due to religious revivalism of the day. Although she forbade music from being played at the White House, she did make an exception to have “Hail to the Chief” played when President Polk entered a room.

White House History | First Ladies: SARAH POLK

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Letitia Tyler, American First Lady and first wife of President John Tyler. Due to a stroke she suffered in 1839, Mrs. Tyler was not well enough to perform the duties of First Lady. The task of hostess for events at the White House went to her daughter-in-law Priscilla Cooper Tyler. A second stroke in 1842 further eroded Mrs. Tyler’s health and she became the first President’s wife to die in the White House. She was 52 years old.

- Images of First Ladies | National Museum of American History

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Abigail Fillmore, American First Lady married to President Millard Fillmore. She is the first of the First Ladies to hold a job after marriage and the first to have been raised in poverty. At the time of her marriage, her husband was a struggling lawyer. After becoming First Lady, she championed to have a library built in the White House. Once Congress approved the library, Mrs. Fillmore championed to have indoor plumbing installed at the White House.

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Margaret Taylor, American First Lady married to President Zachary Taylor. Dreading the publicity of the White House, Mrs. Taylor delegated hostess duties to her daughter, Mary Elizabeth. Mrs. Taylor welcomed family and friends in her upstairs sitting room and only left the White House to go to church. After President Taylor died while in office, she never spoke of the White House again.

Jane Pierce, American First Lady married to President Franklin Pierce. A painfully shy woman, Mrs. Pierce did not enjoy parties and balls nor politics. After her husband’s presidential victory, she looked forward to going to the White House when tragedy struck. Her only living child, Benjamin, died in front of her eyes in a train accident. She spent the White House years receiving very few visitors and writing letters to her deceased son Benjamin.

Mary Lincoln, American First Lady married to President Abraham Lincoln. Since she was a little girl, Mary Todd Lincoln had visions of living in the White House. A wish that came true in 1860 when her husband won the Presidency. She loved being First Lady, shopping, and entertaining. Although she had a sharp tongue and sarcastic wit for a woman of her day, she was often sought after at parties.

Lucy Hayes, American First Lady married to President Rutherford B. Hayes. Mrs. Hayes is the first First Lady to receive a college education. After her husband became President, liquor was banned from the White House earning Mrs. Hayes the nickname “Lemonade Lucy”. Although she was passionate about women’s rights and believed in equal pay and higher education for women she did not voice her opinion publicly because President Hayes did not agree with the Suffragette Movement.

Julia Grant, American First Lady married to President Ulysses S. Grant. General Ulysses S. Grant did not want the White House for his sake, but for his wife’s sake. Mrs. Grant desperately wanted to be First Lady and received her heart’s desire when her husband became President. She loved living in the White House and gave extravagant dinner parties which included 29 to 30 courses. She called living in the White House the best time of her life.

Julia Grant, First Lady: Picture

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Eliza Johnson, American First Lady married to President Andrew Johnson. Mrs. Johnson was not a social butterfly like her predecessor Mary Todd Lincoln. She delegated the social duties of the White House to her daughter Martha Johnson Patterson. She was instrumental in educating her husband in reading, history, math, and writing since President Johnson did not receive a formal education growing up