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America's First Ladies: Martha Jefferson - The wife of Thomas Jefferson died at the age of 33, several months after the birth of her seventh child.

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America's First Ladies: Dolley Madison: She was notable for her social gifts and helped define the role of First Lady. Her social gatherings made her husband James Madison more popular as a president

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America's First Ladies: Sarah Polk: Although the wife of James Polk played an active role in his political career, she was a devout Presbyterian who banned dancing and hard liquor at official receptions

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Martha Washington: She was widowed for her first husband at 25 and left to raise four children. She brought great wealth to the marriage to George Washington

NAN ASPINWALL - the first woman to ride on horseback across North America - alone. She rode from San Francisco to New York from September 1, 1910 arriving on July 8, 1911, on a bet from Buffalo Bill, whose Wild West show she performed in with her husband. She rode her thoroughbred mare, Lady Ellen, on the journey.

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Mary Todd Lincoln: The well-educated wife of Abraham Lincoln, witnessed her husband's assassination. 3 of her 4 sons died before reaching adulthood. 10 years after Abe's death her son Robert had to have her committed to an asylum.After the court proceedings to declare her sane, Mary was so grieved that she attempted suicide. It is thought today that she suffered from clinical depression.

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Edith Wilson, second wife of Woodrow Wilson and First Lady during his presidency. She took over many of the office's responsibilities when the President became ill

Martha Washington (1731-1802) America's first First Lady from 1789-1797. Her marriage to President George Washington was her second. Martha was known for interceding on behalf of those in need, especially veterans of the Revolutionary War.

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Mary Todd Lincoln 1818-1882, Wife of Abraham

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America's First Ladies: Eliza Johnson: Andrew Johnson's wife was the youngest of all First Ladies getting married at just 16. She appeared publicly as First Lady on only two occasions, including the president's birthday party in 1867

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America's First Ladies: Ida McKinley: Wife of President William McKinley, she was known for having keen and accurate political observations, particularly in assessing the motives of those ambitious for appointments

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America's First Ladies: Letitia Christian Tyler: Known to be shy and pious, she avoided the limelight during her time as First Lady to John Tyler preferring to take on domestic duties. She was the first president's wife to die in the White House

President James K. Polk and First Lady Sarah Childress Polk. They were the first First Family to be photographed while in office. In office 1845-1849. He died of cholera just three months after leaving office.

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James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in Vermont on a Sunday, which violated state laws. | 21 Shocking Facts About U.S. Presidents

Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt - was the first wife of Theodore Roosevelt. She was stirkingly beautiful, with a cheerful disposition so that she was called "Sunshine" by her friends & family. They married in 1880. She died just 2 days after giving birth to thier 1st child, Alice. Her husband was so distraught (he also lost his 49 yr old mother the same day, that he never spoke of it again.