On President's Day Don't Forget the First Ladies!

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The third Monday in February we celebrate our Presidents. 

Let's also celebrate the President's wives, daughters and sisters that were America's First Ladies!  

 

From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, there have been 44 first ladies.

Here are some fun facts about the women who really ran the White House.

dolley madison portrait Dolley Madison (#4) was well known for saving important documents and the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart during the War of 1812.  The portrait is 62 inches by 97 inches!  You can view this famous painting at the Smithsonian .  She was also hostess for the previous President Thomas Jefferson, whose wife had died many years before.  

Lucy Hayes portrait Lucy Hayes (#19) was from Ohio and started the first Easter Egg Roll in 1877.

frances folsom cleveland portrait Frances Folsom (#22 and #24) married Grover Cleveland in the first wedding ever held in the White House in 1886.

caroline harrison portrait Caroline Harrison (#23) was an artist who helped decorate the first Christmas tree in the White House in 1889. Mrs. Harrison was also responsible for bringing electricity to the White House.  

Pat Nixon portrait Pat Nixon (#37) was the first First Lady to wear  pants in public.

Hillary Clinton portrait Hillary Clinton (#42) was the only First Lady to be elected to public office. She served two terms as United States Senator from New York. Hillary was also the first to host a webcast from the White House.  

Eight Presidents were Ohioans!  Canton, OH is home to the National First Ladies Library in America, the only one in the United States.  It is the former home of William and Ida McKinley (President #25) and features rotating exhibits in their home and the education center next door.

Happy Mr. and Mrs. Presidents Day!