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13 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s First Ladies

01. Three presidents married their First Ladies while in office.
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John Tyler, Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson all married during their term.


02. In 1850, Lucy Webb Hayes was the first First Lady to earn a degree.
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She earned a liberal arts degree at Cincinnati Wesleyan Female College.


03. The Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington exists still because of Dolley Madison.
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She managed to save it during the War of 1812 right before the White House was burned.


04. Abigail Adams was the first First Lady to live in DC.
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However, it wasn't for long and she wasn't a fan.


05. The oldest First Lady during the time of her "reign" was Florence Harding.
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She was 61 at the start of her husband's term.


06. Eleanor Roosevelt refused Secret Service protection.

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Instead, she learned how to shoot with her own pistol.

07. Abigail Adams was the first woman to be both a wife and a mother to presidents.
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She was married to John Adams and was mother to John Quincy Adams.


08. Andrew Jackson's wife was technically a bigamist.
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She married him before she was technically divorced from her first husband.


09. Louisa Adams, John Quincy Adams' wife, was the only First Lady to be born in another country.
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She was from England.


10. James Polk's wife worked as the president's secretary while in the White House.
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And she did so without taking a salary.

11. Ellen Wilson was the only professional artist to become a First Lady.

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After she passed away, Woodrow Wilson got remarried - to a direct descendant of Pocahontas


12 Barbara Bush wrote a rather unique memoir.
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It was from the perspective of her dog!


13 Hillary Clinton is the only first lady to be elected to public office (the Senate!).
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And the only one to pursue the presidency herself.


























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