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First Ladies of the United States of America

# Name Previous Name President Term Married 
Birth/Death
1 Martha Washington Martha Dandridge
(widow, Custis)
George Washington 1789-97 1759
1731-1802
2 Abigail Adams Abigail Smith John Adams 1797-1801 1764
1744-1818
3 Dolley Madison
Dolley Payne
(widow, Todd)
James Madison 1809-17 1794
1768-1849
4 Elizabeth Monroe Elizabeth Kortright James Monroe 1817-25 1786
1768-1830
5 Louisa Adams Louisa Catherine Johnson John Quincy Adams 1825-29 1797
1775-1852
6 Anna Harrison Anna Tuthill Symes William Henry Harrison 1841 1795
1775-1864
7 Letitia Tyler Letitia Christian John Tyler 1841-42 1813
1790-1842
8 Julia Tyler Julia Gardiner John Tyler 1844-45 1844
1820-89
9 Sarah Polk Sarah Childress James K. Polk 1845-49 1824
1803-91
10 Margaret Taylor Margaret Smith Zachary Taylor 1849-50 1810
1788-1852
11 Abigail Fillmore Abigail Powers Millard Fillmore 1850-53 1826
1798-1853
12 Jane Pierce Jane Appleton Franklin Pierce 1853-57 1834
1806-63
13 Mary Lincoln Mary Ann Todd Abraham Lincoln 1861-65 1842
1818-82
14 Eliza Johnson Eliza McCardle Andrew Johnson 1865-69 1827
1810-76
15 Julia Grant Julia Boggs Dent Ulysses S. Grant 1869-77 1848
1826-1902
16 Lucy Hayes Lucy Ware Webb Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-81 1852
1831-89
17 Lucretia Garfield Lucretia Rudolph James A. Garfield 1881 1858
1832-1918
18 Frances Cleveland (1) Frances Folsom Grover Cleveland (1) 1886-89 1886
1864-1947
19 Caroline Harrison Caroline Lavinia Scott Benjamin Harrison 1889-92 1853
1832-92
18 Frances Cleveland (2) v.s. Grover Cleveland (2) 1893-97 v.s.
v.s.
20 Ida McKinley Ida Saxton William McKinley 1897-1901 1871
1847-1907
21 Edith Roosevelt Edith Kermit Carow Theodore Roosevelt 1901-09 1886
1861-1948
22 Helen Taft Helen Herron William Howard Taft 1909-13 1886
1861-1943
23 Ellen Wilson Ellen Louise Axson Woodrow Wilson 1913-14 1885
1860-1914
24 Edith Wilson Edith Bolling
(widow, Galt)
Woodrow Wilson 1915-21 1915
1872-1961
25 Florence Harding Florence Mabel Kling
(ex-DeWolfe)
Warren G. Harding 1921-23 1891
1860-1924
26 Anna Coolidge Grace Anna Goodhue Calvin Coolidge 1923-29 1905
1879-1957
27 Lou Hoover Louise Henry Herbert Hoover 1929-33 1899
1874-1944
28 Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-45 1905
1884-1962
29 Bess Truman Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Harry S. Truman 1945-53 1919
1885-1982
30 Mamie Eisenhower Mamie Geneva Doud Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-61 1916
1896-1979
31 Jacqueline Kennedy Jacqueline Lee Bouvier John F. Kennedy 1961-63 1953
1929-94
32 Lady Bird Johnson Claudia Alta Taylor Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-69 1934
1912-2007
33 Pat Nixon Thelma Catherine Patricia Ryan Richard M. Nixon 1969-74 1940
1912-93
34 Betty Ford Elizabeth Anne Bloomer Gerald Ford 1974-77 1948
1918-2011
35 Rosalynn Carter Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Jimmy Carter 1977-81 1946
1927-
36 Nancy Reagan Anne Frances Robbins;
Nancy Davis
Ronald Reagan 1981-89 1952
1921-
37 Barbara Bush Barbara Pierce George H. Bush 1989-93 1945
1925-
38  Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham Bill Clinton 1993-2001 1975
1947-
39 Laura Bush Laura Lane Welch George W. Bush 2001-09 1977
1946-
40 Michelle Obama Michelle LaVaughan Robinson Barrack H. Obama 2009- 1992-
1964-

Notes

Presidents Jefferson, Jackson, Van Buren and Arthur were widowers before their presidency began. President Buchanan was a bachelor.

Sources

Manweller, M., ed. Chronology of the U.S. Presidency, vol. 1. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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