When did the term “First Lady” come into popular use when referring to the president’s wife? In the early days of the U.S. there was not a generally accepted title for the president’s wife. When Lucy Hayes, wife of the 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes, accompanied her husband to San Francisco in 1877, the press referred to her as “The First Lady of the Land” and the title stuck.
Some First Lady trivia: Which First Lady was once the national president of the Girls Scouts? (Answer: Lou Hoover) Which First Lady was the first to earn a graduate degree? (Answer: Pat Nixon) Which First Ladies were divorcees when they married their husbands? (Answer: Florence Harding and Betty Ford)
To learn more about our First Ladies, check out the First Ladies’ National Library in Canton, Ohio, which was established when Hillary Clinton was our First Lady. The library is open for tours and workshops. It organizes events and exhibits. Michelle Obama is the library’s honorary chairwoman.
Our Library has many books on our First Ladies. More first lady biographies are available in our online resources, too. Check our online catalog or Ask Us!
Have you seen the new Spielberg movie Lincoln and want to know more about the events depicted in the movie? Are you trying to remember what you learned in American History way back when? We have lots of books about Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, the Civil War, etc.
Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin is one of the sources used by the creators of the movie. 973.7 GOO)
A. Lincoln: a Biography by Ronald C. White Jr. is a comprehensive biography of the president. (B Lincoln)
Giant in the Shadows: the Life of Robert T. Lincoln is a biography of the Lincoln’s oldest and last surviving son. (B Lincoln)
Mary Todd Lincoln: a Biography by Jean H. Baker is a definitive account of the troubled former First Lady. (B Lincoln)
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by noted historian James McPherson is a study in how Lincoln worked with his military to defeat the Confederacy. (973.7 MCP)
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