In 2016 a new president will be elected to preside over the United States. Presidential candidates are being asked to explain their thoughts and opinions on the economy, race, military, education and many other areas and topics that effect us all. In addition, people are interested in who will represent the country as the First Lady or perhaps First Man. Take a look into the minds and hearts of the previous First Ladies.
Martha Washington the wife of 1st President George Washington –“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself.”
Abigal Adams the wife of 2nd President John Adams – “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
Martha Jefferson wife of 3rd President Thomas Jefferson died 18 years before he became president.
Dolly Madison the wife of 4th President James Madison – “It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people’s business.”
Elizabeth Monroe wife of 5th President James Monroe – There are no references to quotes by Elizabeth Monroe, all of her correspondence was burned by President Monroe.
Louisa Adams wife of 6th President John Quincy Adams –“There is something in this great, unsocial house which depress my spirits beyond expression.”
Rachel Jackson wife of 7th President Andrew Jackson –“Rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than live in that palace in Washington”.
Hannah Van Buren wife of 8th President Martin Van Buren died prior to him becoming president. He never remarried.
Anna Harrison wife of 9th President William Henry Harrison –“I wish that my husband’s friends had left him where he is, happy and contented in retirement.”
Letitia Tyler wife of 10th President John Tyler –Suffered 2 strokes and was the first First Lady to die in the White House, no quotes attributed to her. Julia Gardner Tyler second wife of President John Tyler – “I take pleasure in replying to your request of my autograph.”
Sarah Polk wife of 11th President James K. Polk –“If I should be so fortunate as to reach the White House, I expect to live on twenty-five thousand dollars a year, and I will neither keep house nor make butter.”
Margaret Taylor wife of 12th President Zachary Taylor –Mrs. Taylor shunned public life.
Abigail Fillmore wife of 13th President Millard Fillmore –“I do not recollect when I had such a mental treat.”
Jean Appleton Pierce wife of 14th President Franklin Pierce –“Wasn’t the happiest wedding day.”
James Buchanan, 15th President remained a bachelor.
Mary Todd Lincoln wife of 16th President Abraham Lincoln –”My evil genius procrastination has whispered me to tarry ‘til a more convenient season.”
Eliza Johnson wife of 17th President Andrew Johnson – Mrs. Johnson was an invalid during most of the time that she was First Lady.
Julia Grant wife of 18th President Ulysses S. Grant –“I always knew my husband would rise in the world.”
Lucy Hayes wife of 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes –“Women’s minds are strong as man’s, equal in all things and superior in some.”
Lucretia Garfield wife of 20th President James Garfield –“It is horrible to be a man. But the grinding misery of being a woman between the upper and nether millstone of household cares and training children is almost as bad.”
Mary Arthur wife of 21st President Chester A. Arthur –Mrs. Arthur died before her husband took office.
Frances Cleveland wife of 22nd President Grover Cleveland –”I want you to take good care of all the furniture and ornaments in the house, and not let any of them get lost or broken, for I want to find everything just as it is now, when we come back again four years from today.”
Caroline Harrison wife of 23rd President Benjamin Harrison –”Since this Society has been organized, and so much thought and reading directed to the early struggle of this country, it has been made plain that much of its success was due to the character of the women of that era.”
Frances Cleveland wife of Grover Cleveland 24th President, second term.
Ida McKinley wife of 25th President William McKinley –Mrs. McKinley suffered from epilepsy and emotional difficulties after the loss of her mother and two daughters.
Edith Roosevelt wife of 26th President Theodore Roosevelt –”The word ‘Establishment’ is a general term for the power elite in International finance, business, the professions and government, largely from the northeast, who wield most of the power regardless of who is in the White House.”
Helen Taft wife of 27th President Howard Taft –“I had always had the satisfaction of knowing almost as much as he about the politics and intricacies of any situation.”
Ellen Wilson wife of 28th President Woodrow Wilson –“How can we best promote a fuller and more general appreciation of American art?” Edith Wilson, also wife of 28th President Woodrow Wilson – ” I studied every paper, sent from different Secretaries or Senators, and tried to digest and present in tabloid form the things that, despite my vigilance, had to go to the President.
Florence Harding wife of 29th President Warren Harding –“I can see but one word written over the head of my husband if he is elected and that word is Tragedy.”
Grace Coolidge wife of 30th President Calvin Coolidge –“There is a song from one of our not new musicals about girls which says something about ‘the short, the fat, the lean, the tall; I don’t give a rap, I love them all.”
Lou Hoover wife of 31st President Herbert Hoover –“Keep on spending money as a people.”
Eleanor Roosevelt wife of 32nd President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
Bess Truman wife of 33rd President Harry S. Truman –“We are not any of us happy to be where we are but there’s nothing to be done about it except to do our best …”
Mamie Eisenhower wife of 34th President Dwight Eisenhower –”I had a career, his name was Ike.”
Jackie Kennedy wife of 35th President John F. Kennedy–“I don’t think there are any men who are faithful to their wives.”
Lady Bird Johnson wife of 36th President Lyndon Baines Johnson –“The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person – her husband.”
Patricia Nixon wife of 37th President Richard M. Nixon –”But when I don’t have work to do, I just think up some new project.”
Betty Ford the wife of the 38th President Gerald Ford –“The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.”
Roslyn Carter the wife of 39th President Jimmy Carter –”Jimmy who?”
Nancy Reagan wife of 40th President Ronald Reagan –“Just Say No.”
Barbara Bush wife of 41st President George H.W. Bush –“I’m sick of him.” (said on CNN about Donald Trump)
Hillary Clinton the wife of the 42nd President William Clinton –“They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about how they ended up that way but first we have to bring them to heel.”
Laura Bush wife of 43rd President George W. Bush –“Reading gives you enjoyment throughout your life.”
Michelle Obama wife of 44th President Barack Obama –”Potential can be found in some of the most unlikely places.”