More You Know: First Ladies

So, where’s the First Ladies hiding?  My attempt at a play of words of Beyoncé song Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).  If you want to laugh, watch the SNL skit with her, Justin Timberlake, and some of the cast.  Getting back to the First Ladies.  Here is a list of them past and present.  There are notable scandals while I’m not going to focus on that, they exist.  Think excessive spending, bigamy, affairs, too liberal, and too involved.  Most were wives but a few first ladies were nieces, daughters, in laws as noted below.  Two were born in another country that includes Louisa Catherine Johnson (Great Britain) and Melania Knavs (Yugoslavia/Slovenia). Starting at the beginning and working up to the present, here they are.

(I don’t know why it went all big font on me, but for time’s sake, here it is. At least you don’t need your reading glasses.)

Martha Dandridge was 57 when she became First Lady.  (George Washington)

Abigail Smith was 52 when she became First Lady.  (John Adams)

Martha Jefferson (daughter) was 28 when she became First Lady.  (Thomas Jefferson)

Dolley Payne was 40 when she became First Lady.  (James Madison)

Elizabeth Kortright was 48 when she became First Lady.  (James Monroe)

Louisa Catherine Johnson was 50 when she became First Lady.  (John Q. Adams)

Emily Donelson (niece) was 21 when she became First Lady.  (Andrew Jackson)

Sarah Yorke (in law) was 31 when she became First Lady.  (Andrew Jackson)

Sarah Angelica Singleton (in law) was 20 when she became First Lady.  (Martin Van Buren)

Anna Tuthill Symmes was 65 when she became First Lady.  (William Henry Harrison)

Jane Irwin (in law) was 36 when she became First Lady.  (William Henry Harrison)

Letitia Christian was 50 when she became First Lady.  (John Tyler)

Elizabeth Priscilla Cooper (in law) was 26 when she first became First Lady.  (John Tyler)

Julia Gardiner was 24 when she became First Lady.  (John Tyler)

Sarah Childress was 41 when she became First Lady.  (James K. Polk)

Margaret Mackall Smith was 60 when she became First Lady.  (Zachary Taylor)

Abigail Powers was 52 when she became First Lady.  (Millard Fillmore)

Jane Means Appleton was 46 when she became of First Lady.  (Franklin Pierce)

Harriet Rebecca Lane (niece) was 26 when she became First Lady.  (James Buchanan)

Mary Ann Todd was 42 when she became First Lady.  (Abraham Lincoln)

Eliza McCardle was 54 when she first became First Lady.  (Andrew Johnson)

Julia Boggs Dent was 43 when she became First Lady.  (Ulysses S. Grant)

Lucy Ware Webb was 45 when she became First Lady.  (Rutherford B. Hayes)

Lucretia Rudolph was 48 when she became First Lady.  (James A. Garfield)

Mary Arthur McElroy (sister) was 40 when she became First Lady. (Chester A. Arthur)

Rose Elizabeth Cleveland (sister) was 38 when she became First Lady.  (Grover Cleveland)

Frances Clara Folsom was 21 when she became First Lady.  (Grover Cleveland)

Caroline Lavinia Scott was 56 when she became First Lady.  (Benjamin Harrison)

Mary Scott Harrison (daughter) was 34 when she became First Lady.  (Benjamin Harrison)

Frances Clara Folsom was 28 when she became First Lady.  (Grover Cleveland)

Ida Saxton was 49 when she became First Lady.  (William McKinley)

Edith Kermit Carow was 40 when she became First Lady.  (Theodore Roosevelt)

Helen Louise Herron was 47 when she became First Lady.  (William Taft)

Margaret Woodrow Wilson (daughter) was 28 when she became First Lady.  (Woodrow Wilson)

Edith Bolling was 43 when she became First Lady.  (Woodrow Wilson)

Florence Mable Kling was 60 when she became First Lady.  (Warren G. Harding)

Grace Anna Goodhue was 44 when she became First Lady.  (Calvin Coolidge)

Lou Henry was 54 when she became First Lady.  (Herbert Hoover)

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was 48 when she became First Lady.  (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Elizabeth Virginia Wallace was 60 when she became First Lady.  (Harry S. Truman)

Mamie Geneva Doud was 56 when she became First Lady.  (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was 31 when she became First Lady.  (John F. Kennedy)

Claudia Alta Taylor was 50 when she became First Lady. (Lyndon B. Johnson)

Thelma Catherine Ryan was 56 when she became First Lady.  (Richard Nixon)

Elizabeth Ann Bloomer was 56 when she became First Lady.  (Gerald Ford)

Eleanor Rosalynn Smith was 49 when she became First Lady.  (Jimmy Carter)

Nancy Davis was 59 when she became First Lady.  (Ronald Reagan)

Barbara Pierce was 63 when she became of First Lady.  (George H.W. Bush)

Hillary Diane Rodham was 45 when she became First Lady.  (Bill Clinton)

Laura Lane Welch was 54 when she became First Lady.  (George W. Bush)

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was 45 when she became First Lady.  (Barack Obama)

Melania Knavs was 46 when she became First Lady.  (Donald Trump)

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