William McKinley and his wife, Ida. When he took office in 1897, he defied the protocol of the day, insisting his wife be seated beside him at state dinners, so he could help if a seizure struck her, or cover her face with a handkerchief to ward off an impending attack. When he was fatally shot in 1901, his last thoughts were of her, whispering "My wife - be careful - how you tell her."
President Gerald Ford and his daughter Susan sit on the White House lawn October 6, 1974, watching "Liberty," a golden retriever, given to the president by his daughter and White House photographer David Kennerly.
Mary Todd Lincoln, married to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president. Her life was filled with great triumphs and great tragedy. She was first lady during the civil war and neither the southerners nor the northerners accepted anything she did. Her husband's assassination in 1865 shattered her. The only child that survived to adulthood was Robert Todd Lincoln. . She struggled with mental illnesses.