There is a saying: Behind every great / successful man there stands a woman. It is said to emphasize that men’s success often depends on the work and support of their wife or the women that support them. The First Ladies of the United States of America have certainly contributed to their husbands success. We had fun collecting these little known facts about some of our First Ladies.
Martha Washington, 1731-1802: George Washington’s wife was the first to be given the title “lady” by the press, as in “Lady Washington,” and the first wife of a president to appear on U.S. postage stamp.
Mary Lincoln, 1818-1882: Abraham Lincoln’s wife was the first to hold séances in the White House, to be attacked in the press for lavish purchases during wartime and to fight for the abolition of slavery.
Ellen Wilson, 1860-1914: Woodrow Wilson’s first wife was the only professional artist to become first lady. After her death in the White House, her husband married Edith Wilson, a direct descendant of American Indian princess Pocahontas.
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s wife was the first first lady to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column and a monthly magazine column, and host a weekly radio show.
Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994: John F. Kennedy’s wife was the first first lady to hire a press secretary and a White House curator. She also won an Emmy Award for her television tour of the White House.
Betty Ford, 1918- : Gerald Ford’s wife once worked as a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company. She also founded an alcohol and drug treatment center in California that bears her name.
Hillary Clinton, 1947- : Bill Clinton’s wife hosted the first White House webcast, and is the only first lady elected to public office—the U.S. Senate, and to seek the presidency.
Laura Bush, 1946- : George W. Bush’s wife is the only first lady to give birth to twins, to work as a librarian and to substitute for a president in his weekly radio address.
Michelle Obama, 1964- : Barack Obama’s wife is rarely seen carrying a purse. There seems to be no need.
Resources: firstladies.org and Huffington Post.