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Ellen Axson Wilson was the first of President Woodrow Wilson's (1913-1921) two wives. Ellen Wilson died on August 6, 1914. Her death devastated and profoundly depressed the president to the extent that he became unfocused and indecisive in the presidency, in significant contrast to his determined and brisk decision-making of...

Three American First Ladies died, compared to eight US Presidents who expired while president. The three are Letitia Tyler, Caroline Harrison, and Ellen Wilson. Two died from the delayed complications of childbirth while Mrs. Harrison was a victim of pulmonary tuberculosis. Letitia Tyler was a most obscure First Lady. Little is...

Melania Trump has moved into the White House and has assumed the traditional responsibilities of a First Lady. Her role became apparent during the Trumps' recent Mideast and Europe trip. She was prominently photographed at ceremonial dinners, during the Trumps' visit to the Vatican, and at appearances at childens' hospitals....

MELANIA TRUMP The Incoming First Lady, The Wife of America's 45th President. The First Lady-designate is 46 years of age, stands five foot eleven inches in height, and is in good health. The author could discover neither significant illnesses nor chronic health problems in Melania Trump's medical history. It appears that...

One of the most interesting and successful first lady surrogates was Priscilla Cooper Tyler, the daughter in law of President John Tyler, the tenth United States president (1841-1845). Letitia Tyler, his wife, was severely disabled, and ultimately died (September, 1842) from cerebrovascular disease. Tyler, still president, remarried two years later. Until...

Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States (1837-1841). He had been Andrew Jackson's vice president, and like Jackson, was a widower. Unlike his predecessor, Van Buren's wife perished many years before he entered the White House. This president was the father of four sons, all of whom...

The Family Misfortunes of the Nation's Inaugural First Lady [caption id="attachment_314" align="alignleft" width="224"] Martha Washington[/caption] Martha Dandridge Custis, an extremely wealthy widow, married George Washington on January 6, 1759. Their near forty-one year marriage, although very affectionate and supportive, was childless. Previously, eighteen-year old Martha Dandridge wed Daniel Parke Custis, a rich Virginia...

[caption id="attachment_518" align="alignleft" width="224"] Margaret Truman[/caption] Margaret Truman was the daughter and only child of President Harry and First Lady Bess Truman. Thereby she experienced at close hand (1945-1953) the trials, travails, successes and accomplishments of a president and his wife. After completing biographies of both her father and her mother, Margaret...

Biographer of her mother, First Lady Ellen Wilson [caption id="attachment_511" align="alignleft" width="220"] Ellen Axson Wilson[/caption] Several of America's First Ladies have been subjects of admiring biographies by their daughters (Margaret Truman, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Patti Davis) or granddaughter (Susan Eisenhower). Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, the youngest daughter of Woodrow and Ellen Wilson, probably...

Martha Jefferson (1748-1782), Rachel Jackson (1767-1828), Hannah Van Buren (1783-1819), Ellen Arthur (1837-1880) [caption id="attachment_462" align="alignleft" width="300"] Martha Jefferson[/caption] The wives of four future presidents died before their husbands were inaugurated as President of the United States. Two (Rachel Jackson and Ellen Arthur) passed away less than a year before they would...

[caption id="attachment_314" align="alignleft" width="224"] Martha Washington[/caption] Martha Washington brought two children to her marriage with George Washington. She also brought great wealth; the married couple lived on one of her Virginia estates, prophetically called The White House Plantation. Martha Dandridge (18) married Daniel Parke Custis a rich planter twenty years older. They...

Woodrow Wilson, two-term president of the United States (1913-1921), was psychologically and emotionally dependent upon women. After his first wife Ellen died in 1914, President Wilson quickly and actively courted Edith Bolling Gault; they married in December, 1915, a scant sixteen months after Ellen was buried. Woodrow quickly took Edith into...