First Lady of the United States 1861-1865

Mary Todd Lincoln supported her husband throughout his presidency, and witnessed his fatal shooting at nearly point blank range at Ford's Theater on April 14, 1865. Mary's life was difficult after her husband was assassinated; she suffered from depression and mental anguish, which led to her being hospitalized for a time.

Image: Mary Todd Lincoln in 1846

Mary Todd was born on December 13, 1818, in Lexington, Kentucky, the fourth of seven children …Read More...

Wife of Union General James A. Garfield

Lucretia Rudolph was born on April 19, 1832, in Hiram, Ohio, the eldest of four children of Zebediah Rudolph, a prosperous carpenter-farmer, and Arabella Mason Rudolph. Her family were devout members of a religious sect called the Disciples of Christ. Lucretia's father was a leader in both the business and religious communities. Her parents firmly believed in the importance of education, and insisted that their daughter attend school. Although Lucretia was a sickly …Read More...

First Lady of the United States

Eliza Johnson was the wife of Andrew Johnson, who became the 17th President of the United States on the morning of April 15, 1865 - after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Due to ill health, Mrs. Johnson left the social duties of the First Lady to her daughter Martha Johnson Patterson, but was a close confidante to the President during his years in the White House.

Eliza McCardle was born October 4, 1810, at …Read More...

Wife of Union General Ulysses S. Grant

Julia Grant was the wife of Union General and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. She had great strength of character, shared in the mixed fortunes of her husband, loved and cared for her family, and fulfilled her patriotic duty as First Lady (1869 to 1877). She captured many of her life experiences in her writing, The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (1975).

Born at White Haven Plantation …Read More...