( Quick Links By Name )

( Names with an asterick ( * ) behind their name served as First Ladies )

|  Martha Washington*  |  Abigail Adams*  |  Martha Jefferson  |  Martha Randolph*  |

|  Dolley Madison*  |  Elizabeth Monroe*  |  Louisa Adams*  |  Rachel Jackson  |  Emily Donelson*  |

|  Sarah Jackson*  |  Hannah Van Buren  |  Angelica Van Buren*  |  Anna Harrison*  |

|  Letitia Tyler*  |  Julia Tyler*  |


( " Words and names in " bright blue" lettering below are clickable links " )


Martha Washington
" 1st First Lady of the United States "
( Served - April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797 )


Date & place of birth:
Martha Washington
( Official Portrait )
/m
     June 2, 1731, Williamsburg, Virginia

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     May 22, 1802 - Mount Vernon, Virginia - Severe Fever - 70

Place of burial:
     Mount Vernon, Virginia

Parents:
     John and Frances (Jones) Dandridge

Married (1st):
     Daniel Park Custis - in 1750 - ( 1711-1757 )
     Children:
          Daniel Parke Curtis, Jr.
               ( 1751-1754 - Died at age 3 )
          Frances Parke Custis
               ( 1753-1757 - Died at age 4 )
          John Parke Custis
               ( 1754 - 1781 - Died during the Revolutionary War )
          Martha Parke Custis
               ( 1756 - Jun. 19, 1773 - died from epilepsy )

Married (2nd):
     
George Washington - on January 6, 1759 - ( February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799 )
     Children:
          None

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • She was a wealthy widow and mother of two when she married Colonel George Washington
  • Martha followed George from camp to camp during the Revolutionary war
  • She spearheaded relief efforts for soldiers, giving them soup, medicine and clothes
  • After the death of her husband, Martha sealed their Mt Vernon bedroom, his death chamber, as well as his study, never to enter again
  • She moved to a small attic room where she could look on her husband's grave
  • Martha assured a final privacy by burning all the intimate letters written during their courtship and time spent apart during her husbands many absences
  • She was interred beside her husband George. The crypt intended as George and Martha Washington's tomb two floors below the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Washington remains unused to this day

Famous Quote:
     "I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else, there is certain bounds set for me which I must not depart from..."

Links:
     "Click Here" to view the home & final resting place of Martha Washington, "Mount Vernon"
     "Click Here" to view the "Grave of Martha Washington"
     "Click Here" for a "Biography" of President George Washington
     "Click Here" for a "Biography" of First Lady Martha (Dandridge) (Curtis) Washington

George Washington
( Official Portrait )



Abigail Adams
" 2nd First Lady of the United States "
( Served - March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801 )


Date & place of birth:
Abigail Adams
( Official Portrait )

     November 11, 1744 - Weymouth, Massachusetts

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     October 28, 1818 - Braintree, Massachusetts - typhoid fever - 73

Place of burial:
     First Unitarian Church, Quincy, Massachusetts

Parents:
     Rev. William & Elizabeth (Quincy) Smith

Married:
     
John Adams - on October 25, 1764 - third-cousin - ( October 30, 1735 - July 4, 1826 )
     Children:
          Abigail Amelia
               ( Jul. 14, 1765 - Aug. 15, 1813 - m. ?? Smith )
          John Quincy
               ( Became the "6th President of the United States" )
          Susanna
               ( Dec. 28, 1768 - Feb. 4, 1770 )
          Charles
               ( May 29, 1770 - Nov. 30, 1800 - died of cirrhosis of the liver )
          Thomas Boylston
               ( Sep. 15, 1772 - Mar. 12, 1832 - was a lawyer and diplomat )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • 1st First Lady to live in the White House - ( Then called the Executive Mansion )
  • She joined her husband in Paris in 1784 and took great interest in the customs and manner of the court
  • Father was a Congregational minister
  • Her many letters, written just a she spoke with clarity, between her and her husband told the vivid story of a woman who stayed at home dealing with wartime shortages and running the farm with minimal help
  • She and Martha Washington became best of friends

Famous Quote:
     "Alas!   How many snow banks divide thee and me..." - written to her husband on one of their many separations

Links:
     "Click Here" to visit the "Adam's National Historic Website"
     "Click Here" to view the "Grave of Abigail Adams"
     "Click Here" for a "Biography" of President John Adams
     "Click Here" for a "Biography" of First Lady Abigail (Smith) Adams

John Adams
( Official Portrait )



Martha Jefferson
" Wife of President Thomas Jefferson "
( Passed away before his Presidency )


Date & place of birth:
Martha Jefferson

     October 19, 1748 Charles City County, Virginia

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     September 6, 1782 - Monticello, Virginia - Illness - 33

Place of burial:
     Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Parents:
     John & Martha (Eppes) Wayles

Married (1st):
     Balthurst Skelton - on November 20, 1766 - ( 1744-1768 )
     Children:
          John
               ( 1767 – 1771 )

Married (2nd):
     
Thomas Jefferson - on January 1, 1772 - ( 1748-1782 )
     Children:
          Martha Washington
               ( Sep. 27, 1772 - Oct. 10, 1836 - m. Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. )
          Jane Randolph
               ( Apr. 3, 1774 - Sep., 1775 )
          infant son
               ( May 28, 1777 - Jun. 14, 1777 )
          Mary
               ( Aug. 1, 1778 - Apr. 17, 1804, during childbirth - m. John Wayles Eppes )
          Lucy Elizabeth
               ( Nov. 3, 1780 - Apr. 15, 1781 )
          Lucy Elizabeth
               ( May 8, 1782 - Oct. 13, 1785 )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • None Known

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     "Click Here" to visit the "Thomas Jefferson Memorial ", Washington, D.C.
     "Click Here" to visit the home & final resting place of Martha Jefferson, "Monticello"
     "Click Here" to view the "Grave of Martha Jefferson"
     "Click Here" to view the "Grave of President Jefferson"
     "Click Here" for a "Biography" of President Thomas Jefferson
     "Click Here" for a "Biography" of First Lady Martha (Wayles) (Skelton) Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
( Official Portrait )



Martha Randolph
" 3rd First Lady of the United States "
" Daughter of President Thomas Jefferson "
( Served - 1802-1803 & 1805-1806 )


Date & place of birth:
Martha Randolph

     Sep. 27, 1772, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     Oct. 10, 1836 - place unknown - cause unknown - 54

Place of burial:
     Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Parents:
     
President Thomas Jefferson & Martha (Wayles) Jefferson

Married:
     Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. - Feb. 23, 1790 - ( October 1, 1768 - June 20, 1828 )
     Children:
          Unknown

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • Her son, James Madison Randolph, was the 1st child born in the White House
  • She did not live at the White during her father's entire time as President

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     "Click Here" to visit the home & final resting place of President Jefferson, "Monticello"
     "Click Here" to view the "Grave of Martha Jefferson Randolph"
     "Click Here" to view the "Grave of President Jefferson"
     "Click Here" to view the "Grave of Martha Jefferson"
     "Click Here" for a "Biography" of President Thomas Jefferson
     "Click Here" for a "Biography" of First Lady Martha (Wayles) (Skelton) Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
( Official Portrait )



Dolley Madison
" 4th First Lady of the United States "
( Served - March 4, 1809 - March 3, 1817 )


Date & place of birth:
Dolley Madison
( Official Portrait )

     1768, Piedmont, North Carolina

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     1849 - Washington, D.C. - cause unknown - 81

Place of burial:
     Montpelier, Orange County, Virginia

Parents:
     John & Mary Coles Payne

Married (1st):
     John Todd, Jr. - in 1790 - ( d. 1793 )
     Children:
          John Payne Todd
               ( 1792 - 1852 )

Married (2nd):
     
James Madison - on September 15, 1794 - ( March 16, 1751 - June 28, 1836 )
     Children:
          None

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • Dolley's social graces made her famous

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     "Click Here" - to visit the home of President Madison, "Montpelier"
     "Click Here" - to view the "Grave of First Lady Madison"
     "Click Here" - to view the "Grave of President Madison"
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of President James Madison
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of First Lady Dolley (Payne) (Todd) Madison

James Madison
( Official Portrait )



Elizabeth Monroe
" 5th First Lady of the United States "
( Served - March 4, 1817 to March 3, 1825 )


Date & place of birth:
Elizabeth Monroe

     June 30, 1768, New York City, New York

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     September 23, 1830 - Oak Hill, Virginia - cause unknown - 62

Place of burial:
     Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

Parents:
     Lawrence & Hannah (Aspenwall) Kortright

Married:
     
James Monroe - on February 16, 1786 - ( April 28, 1758 - July 4, 1831 )
     Children:
          Eliza Kortright
               ( Dec., 1786 - 1835 - m. George Hay )
          James Spence
               ( May, 1799 - Sep. 28, 1800 )
          Maria Hester
               ( 1803 - 1850 - m. Samuel Lawrence Gouverneur )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • Her daughter, Maria Hester, was the first President's daughter married in the White House
  • She and her daughter Eliza changed White House customs to create the formal atmosphere of European courts

Famous Quote:
     "None known"

Links:
     "Click Here" - to visit the home of President James Monroe, "Ash Lawn-Highland"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of First Lady Monroe"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of President Monroe"
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of President James Monroe
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of First Lady Elizabeth (Kortright) Monroe

James Monroe
( Official Portrait )



Louisa Catherine (Johnson) Adams
" 6th First Lady of the United States "
( Served - March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1829 )


Date & place of birth:
Louisa Adams
( Official Portrait )

     February 12, 1775, London, England

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     May 14, 1852, Washington, D.C. - cause unknown - 77

Place of burial:
     First Unitarian Church, Braintree (Quincy), Massachusetts

Parents:
     Joshua & Catherine (Nuth) Johnson

Married:
     
John Quincy Adams - on July 26, 1797 - ( July 11, 1767 - February 23, 1848 )
     Children:
          George Washington
               ( Apr. 12, 1801 - Apr. 30, 1829 )
          John, II
               ( July 4, 1803 - Oct. 23, 1834, m. Mary Catherine Hellon in the White House )
          Charles Francis
               ( Aug. 18, 1807 - Nov. 21, 1886, m. Abigail Brown Brooks )
          Louisa Catherine
               ( 1811 - 1812, in St. Petersburg, Russia )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • Only First Lady born outside the United States
  • Her parents did not marry until 1785 when she was already ten years old
  • She married her husband in England

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Adams National Historic Site"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of First Lady Adams"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of President Adams"
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of President John Quincy Adams
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of First Lady Louisa Catherine (Johnson) Adams

John Quincy Adams
( Official Portrait )



Rachel (Donelson) Jackson
" Wife of President Andrew Jackson "
( Passed away before his Presidency but after his election )


Date & place of birth:
Rachel Jackson

     June 15, 1767, Halifax County, Virginia

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     December 22, 1828, Hermitage, Nashville, Tennesse - Heart Attack - 51

Place of burial:
     Hermitage, Nashville, Tennesse

Parents:
     John & Rachel (Stockley) Donelson

Married (1st):
     Lewis Robards - in 1785 or 1787
     Children:
          Unknown

Married (2nd):
     
Andrew Jackson - in 1791 & 1794 (see below) - ( March 15, 1767 - June 8, 1845 )
     Child (adopted, her nephew):
          Andrew Jackson, Jr.
               ( Dec. 4, 1808 - 1865 )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • Married her husband a second time when she found out that her divorce was not final until September 27, 1793. She was still married during their first marriage

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     "Click Here" - to visit President Jackson's home, "The Hermitage"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of President Jackson"
     "Click Here" - to view a "Biography" of President Andrew Jackson
     "Click Here" - to view a "Biography" of Rachel (Donelson) (Robards) Jackson

Andrew Jackson
( Official Portrait )



Emily (Tennesee) Donelson
" 7th First Lady of the United States "
( Served - 1829-1830 & 1832-1834 )


Date & place of birth:
Emily Donelson

     June 1, 1807, place unknown

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     December 19, 1836 - place unknown - cause unknown - 29

Place of burial:
     Hermitage, Nashville, Tennesse

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Andrew Jackson Donelson - nephew of President Andrew Jackson
     Children:
          Unknown

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • None Known

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     
"Click Here" - to visit President Jackson's home, "The Hermitage"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of President Jackson"
     "Click Here" - to view a "Biography" of President Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson
( Official Portrait )



Sarah (Yorke) Jackson
" 8th First Lady of the United States "
( Served - 1834-1837 )


Date & place of birth:
Sarah Jackson

     1805, place unknown

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     1887 - place unknown - cause unknown - 82

Place of burial:
     Unknown

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Unknown
     Children:
          Unknown

Education:
     Unknown

Facts:

  • None Known

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     
"Click Here" - to visit President Jackson's home, "The Hermitage"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of President Jackson"
     "Click Here" - to view a "Biography" of President Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson
( Official Portrait )



Hannah (Hoes) Van Buren
" Wife of President Martin Van Buren "
( Passed away before Presidency )


Date & place of birth:
Hannah Van Buren

     March 8, 1783, Kinderhook, New York

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     February 5, 1819, Albany, New York - tuberculosis - 35

Place of burial:
     Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, New York

Parents:
     Jolin Dircksen & Maria (Quachenboss) Hoes

Married:
     
Martin Van Buren - on February 21, 1807 - ( December 5, 1782 - July 24, 1862 )
     Children:
          Abraham
               ( Nov. 27, 1807 - Mar. 15, 1873, m. Angelica Singleton )
          John
               ( Feb. 18, 1810 - Oct. 13, 1866, m. Elizabeth VanderPoel )
          Martin, Jr.
               ( Dec. 20, 1812 - Mar. 19, 1855 )
          Winfield Scott
               ( 1814-1814 )
          Smith Thompson
               ( Jan. 16, 1817 - 1876, m. two times - names unknown )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • None Known

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Martin Van Buren National Historic Site"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of President Van Buren"
     "Click Here" - to view a "Biography" of President Martin Van Buren
     "Click Here" - to view a "Biography" of Hannah (Hoes) Van Buren

Martin Van Buren
( Official Portrait )



Angelica (Singleton) Van Buren
" 9th First Lady of the United States "
( Served - January 1, 1839 to March 3, 1841 )


Date & place of birth:
Angelica Van Buren

     February 13, 1816, place unknown

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     December 29, 1877, place unknown - cause unknown - 61

Place of burial:
     Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Abraham Van Buren - Son of President Martin Van Buren
     Children:
             Unknown

Education:
     Unknown

Facts:

  • None Known

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     
"Click Here" - to visit the "Martin Van Buren National Historic Site"
     "Click Here" - to visit the "Grave of President Van Buren"
     "Click Here" - to view a "Biography" of President Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren
( Official Portrait )



Anna Tuthill (Symmes) Harrison
" 10th First Lady of the United States "
( March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841 )


Date & place of birth:
Anna Harrison

     July 25, 1775 , near Morristown, New Jersey

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     February 25, 1864 - place unknown - cause unknown - 88

Place of burial:
     North Bend, Ohio

Parents:
     John Cleves & Anna (Tuthill) Symmes

Married:
     
William Henry Harrison - on November 25, 1795 - ( February 9, 1773 - April 4, 1841 )
     Children:
          Elizabeth Bassett
               ( Sep. 29, 1796 - Sep. 26, 1846, m. John Cleves Short )
          John Cleves Symmes
               ( Oct. 28, 1798 - Oct. 30, 1830, m. Clarissa Pike - daughter of Zebulon Pike )
          Lucy Singleton
               ( Sep., 1800 - Apr. 7, 1826, m. David Este )
          William Henry, Jr.
               ( Sep. 3, 1802 - Feb. 6, 1838, m. Jane Findlay )
          John Scott - Father of Benjamin Harrison, "23rd President of the United States"
               ( Oct. 4, 1804 - May 25, 1878, m. Lucretia & m. Elizabeth )
          Benjamin
               ( 1806 - Jun. 9, 1840, m. Louisa & m. Mary )
          Mary Symmes
               ( Jan. 22, 1809 - Nov. 16, 1842, m. a physician named Thornton )
          Carter Bassett
               ( Oct. 26, 1811 - Aug. 12, 1839, m. Mary Anne Sutherland )
          Anna Tuthill
               ( Oct. 28, 1813 - Jul. 5, 1865, m. William Henry Harrison Taylor )
          James Findlay
               ( 1814-1817 )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

Famous Quote:
     "None known"

Links:
     "Click Here" - to visit the home of President William Henry Harrison, "Grouseland"
     "Click Here"- to view the "Grave of First Lady Harrison"
     "Click Here"- to view the "Grave of President Harrison"
     "Click Here" - to read the "Inaugural Address" of President Harrison
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of President William Henry Harrison
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of First Lady Anna (Symmes) Harrison

William Henry Harrison
( Official Portrait )



Letitia (Christian) Tyler
" 11th First Lady of the United States "
( April 6, 1841 to 1844 )


Date & place of birth:
Letitia Tyler

     November 12, 1790 , Near Richmond, Virginia

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     September 10, 1842, White House, Washington, D.C. - Stroke - 51

Place of burial:
     Cedar Grove Plantation, Virginia

Parents:
     Robert & Mary (Browne) Christian

Married:
     
John Tyler - on March 29, 1813 - ( March 29, 1790 - January 18, 1862 )
     Children:
          Mary
               ( Apr. 15, 1815 - Jun. 17, 1848, m. a Jones )
          Robert
               ( Sep. 9, 1816 - Dec. 3, 1877, m. Priscilla Cooper )
          John, Jr.
               ( Apr. 27, 1819 - Jan. 26, 1896, m. Martha "Mattie" Rochelle )
          Letitia
               ( May 11, 1821 - Dec. 28, 1907 )
          Elizabeth
               ( Jun. 11, 1823 - Jun. 1, 1850, m. William Waller in the White House )
          Anne Contesse
               ( Apr., 1825 - Jul., 1825 )
          Alice
               ( Mar. 23, 1827 - Jun. 8, 1854, m. Rev. Henry Mandeville Denison )
          Tazewell
               ( Dec. 6, 1830 - Jan. 8, 1874, m. name unknown )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • Only First Lady to die while First Lady

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     "Click Here" - to visit the home of President Tyler, "Sherwood Forest"
     "Click Here" - to view the "Grave of First Lady Letitia Tyler"
     "Click Here" - to view the "Grave of President Tyler"
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of President John Tyler
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of First Lady Letitia Christian Tyler
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler

John Tyler
( Official Portrait )



Julia (Gardiner) Tyler
" 12th First Lady of the United States "
( 1844 to March 3, 1845 )


Date & place of birth:
Julia Tyler
( Official Portrait )

     May 4, 1820, Gardiner’s Island, New York

Date, place, cause & age at death:
     July 10, 1889, Richmond, Virginia - unknown cause - 69

Place of burial:
     Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

Parents:
     Sen. David & Juliana (McLachlan) Gardiner

Married:
     
John Tyler - on June 26, 1844 - ( She was 24 ) - ( March 29, 1790 - January 18, 1862 )
     Children:
          David Gardiner
               ( Jul. 12, 1846 - Sep. 5, 1927, m. Mary Morris Jones, served in the Confederate Army )
          John Alexander
               ( Apr. 7, 1848 - Sep. 1, 1883, m. name unknown, served in the Confederate Navy )
          Julia Gardiner
               ( Dec. 25, 1849 - May 8, 1871, m. William Spencer )
          Lachlan
               ( Dec. 2, 1851 - Jan. 25, 1902, m. Georgia Powell )
          Lyon Gardiner
               ( Aug., 1853 - Feb. 12, 1935, m. two times, names unknown )
          Robert Fitzwalter
               ( Mar. 12, 1856 - Dec. 30, 1927, m. Fannie Glenn )
          Pearl
               ( Jun. 20, 1860 - Jun. 30, 1947, m. William Mumford Ellis )

Education:
     No formal education

Facts:

  • Only First Lady to marry a President after the death of his wife
  • Died in the same hotel room that her husband had died in 27 years before.

Famous Quote:
     "None Known"

Links:
     "Click Here" - to visit the home of President Tyler, "Sherwood Forest"
     "Click Here" - to view the "Grave of First Lady Julia Tyler"
     "Click Here" - to view the "Grave of President Tyler"
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of President John Tyler
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of First Lady Letitia Christian Tyler
     "Click Here" - for a "Biography" of First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler

John Tyler
( Official Portrait )


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