First Ladies: The Saga of the Presidents Wives and Their Power, 1789-1961 by Carl Sferrazza Anthony
In this previously untold story of a unique role and its evolving definitions, Carl Sferrazza Anthony has produced an entirely new take on the first ladyship and an awesome work of scholarship (Library Journal).
Opening with a historic trip made in 1789 by Martha Washington from Mount Vernon to New York, then the capital city, First Ladies brings these women alive as never before in a saga of intertwining lives, friends, rivals, and allies. Among the women profiled in this first of a definitive two-volume history: Dolley Madison, Julia Tyler, Mary Lincoln, Julia Grant, Nellie Taft, Edith Wilson, Grace Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Mamie Eisenhower. From the Federalist to the Antebellum periods, through the Gilded and Jazz ages, from the Great Depression to the Fabulous Fifties, thirty-four women confronted the towering events of American history. They also helped establish its course. We also glimpse the early years of the living First Ladies, from Jacqueline Kennedy to Barbara Bush.
Grover Cleveland receiving guests alone, one of the only two bachelors elected to the presidency. This posting is an adaption of a recent written and telephone response to a media inquiry about the prospects of a President of the United States who is single, be they unmarried, widowed or divorced, and the even greater rarity of a bachelor being a candidate for the presidency. Senator Lindsay Graham that he is seeking the Republican Party nomination for the highest office of the land, it seemed an important though rarely addressed subject. Among the forty-three individual men who have served as President of the United States, nine were incumbents as single men, for either a period of, or the entirety of their tenure. One President was married at the time of his election but widowed by the time he was inaugurated in , Andrew Jackson. A fourth man, Chester Arthur, was a widower in when he was elected as the Vice President and remained unmarried when he inherited the position of President upon the death of President James Garfield. Three Presidents who were elected as married men, became widowers during their presidencies: John Tyler in , Benjamin Harrison in , and Woodrow Wilson in
George and Martha Washington: 1-foot-2-inches (36 cm)
Finding Respite in the Executive Mansion. Show Me More. Animals, whether pampered household pets, working livestock, birds, squirrels, or strays, have long been a major part of White House Today, the celebration of Halloween conjures images of costumed trick-or-treaters, sweets, and jack-o'-lanterns; but there was a time when All President Franklin D.
Tall, stately, stiffly formal in the high stock he wore around his jowls, James Buchanan was the only President who never married. Presiding over a rapidly dividing Nation, Buchanan grasped inadequately the political realities of the time. Relying on constitutional doctrines to close the widening rift over slavery, he failed to understand that the North would not accept constitutional arguments which favored the South. Nor could he realize how sectionalism had realigned political parties: the Democrats split; the Whigs were destroyed, giving rise to the Republicans. Born into a well-to-do Pennsylvania family in , Buchanan, a graduate of Dickinson College, was gifted as a debater and learned in the law.
When Thomas Jefferson was sworn in as president in , he had already been a widower for nearly two decades. For most of his administration, the role of White House hostess was either neglected entirely or filled by the wives of cabinet members, including future first lady Dolley Madison. In , she also gave birth to a son named James—the first child to be born in the White House. Painted portrait of Emily Donelson, the niece of U. President Andrew Jackson.