Facts About The First Ladies Of The United States
Start writing a post
Student Life

Facts About The First Ladies Of The United States

Multiple Women, One Position, Endless facts.

Facts About The First Ladies Of The United States
First Ladies Influence & Image

There have been numerous women to hold the position of the First Lady of The United States (forty-five to be exact), but the facts about these compelling women are infinite. Below is some interesting trivia about the courageous women who have stood beside their husbands, (or uncle) during their time as FLOTUS.

1. First Lady, Two facts

Anna Harrison, the wife of ninth President William Henry Harrison, at age 65 was the oldest woman to ever hold the position of the First Lady. She is also the only woman to have been in The First Family, and be a grandmother to a President. Her grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was the 23rd President.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2017%2F01%2F29%2F636212645140140271907448648_636212631187603264-2140740370_Screen%2520Shot%25202017-01-28%2520at%252011.04.48%2520PM.png&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=134&h=7c2e537f8396ec738743b83c0597502ab82d71e6b8a37b3bd8be94b79d8d858b&size=980x&c=98941582 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2017%252F01%252F29%252F636212645140140271907448648_636212631187603264-2140740370_Screen%252520Shot%2525202017-01-28%252520at%25252011.04.48%252520PM.png%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D134%26h%3D7c2e537f8396ec738743b83c0597502ab82d71e6b8a37b3bd8be94b79d8d858b%26size%3D980x%26c%3D98941582%22%7D" expand=1 original_size="1x1"]

2. Louisa Adams Was The First

While many think Melania Trump, wife of 45th President Donald Trump is the first non-American to hold the position of the First Lady, The wife of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, was the first. She was born in England. Melania Trump was born in Slovenia.

3. The First… Niece?

Harriet Lane was the niece of the 15th President James Buchanan, but served as the First Lady. James Buchanan was a bachelor and therefore his niece assumed the role. She was one of the first First Ladies to use her position to help social causes.

4. The Most Risqué First Lady

Florence Harding was known for crossing the line not only as The First Lady but as a woman at the time. She threw lavish parties and started the trend of celebrities attending the White House. Allegedly, she served alcohol in the White House during prohibition. She was the first First Lady to vote in a Presidential Election and was eventually nicknamed “The Duchess” by her husband Warren G. Harding, the 29th President.

5. The Mystery of Jackie Kennedy's Infamous Pink Chanel Suit

The whereabouts of the Chanel Suit worn by the 35th First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was a mystery until just a short time ago. The First Lady was only mere inches away from her husband, John Fitzgerald Kennedy when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy held onto her bleeding husband on their ride to the hospital, which then caused the suit to be covered in blood and brain matter. Kennedy refused to remove the suit until hours after her husbands death, and was even photographed in the suit during the swearing in of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. According to CNN, The suit has since then been packaged away, and eventually ended up in the hands of her daughter, Caroline Kennedy. Today, the suit is hidden out of sight at the National Archives Building in Maryland. The suit has never been cleaned, and is stored away with other artifacts taken from the scene of the assassination. Caroline Kennedy stated the suit will not go on display until year 2103, out of respect to the Kennedy family.

6. The First, First Lady Reunion

The only living First Ladies came together in 2013 at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. From left to right, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbra Bush, and Rosalyn Carter all posed for a picture.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Life Is Messy

Finding who you are in your 20s

Life Is Messy

I am 25 years old and just now learning who I am. When I separated from my husband I was terrified of what would follow. I did not know who I was outside of a relationship, nor did I know how to be on my own. It was scary, and I was so lost. I spent months discovering who I was, and what I wanted to be. I am still searching as I believe we never truly know who we are even when we "grow up". I came to the realization that I had been hiding a part of myself for my entire life. Coming out was not easy, growing up in the church made it scary, and hard. I was told growing up that being anything but straight was such a sin, and that i would spent my life in hell because of it. I came out to my parents when I was 25 years old. I picked up the phone and called my mom, and uttered the words "I'm queer" through tears. I knew my parents would be supportive, but that didn't make it any easier for me to vulnerable and raw. Since then, I have slowly started being more authentic in who I am, and not hide parts of me just because of people's shitty opinions.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

Ask your best friend these basic questions to see just how well they know you.

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

My best friend has been in my life since we were 3 years old, now that we are adults now, I'd like to ask her these questions to see how well she knows me.

Keep Reading... Show less

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less
Dating Apps

We Met At A Bar

Salvage what you can; if you can't, it's alright to walk away.

We Met At A Bar
Anne Waldon

We met at a bar.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments