First ladies

These are all of the First Ladies of America.

These are all of the First Ladies of America.

Laura Welch Bush: One of America’s Most Popular First Ladies

Laura Welch Bush: One of America's Most Popular First Ladies

Laura Welch Bush: One of America’s Most Popular First Ladies

Former First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush, and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the National Garden Gala, A Tribute to America's First Ladies, May 11, 1994. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, absent due to illness, died a week after this photograph was taken.

Former First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush, and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the National Garden Gala, A Tribute to America's First Ladies, May 11, 1994. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, absent due to illness, died a week after this photograph was taken.

Former First Ladies (left to right) Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush with then-First Lady Laura Bush at the dedication of the Clinton presidential library in 2004.

Former First Ladies (left to right) Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush with then-First Lady Laura Bush at the dedication of the Clinton presidential library in 2004.

Former First Ladies Edith Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Bess Truman headlined a 1950s Democratic Party fundraiser.

Former First Ladies Edith Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Bess Truman headlined a 1950s Democratic Party fundraiser.

First Ladies' Dresses at the Smithsonian. I saw this and spent a ridiculous amount of time looking! How the First Ladies dresses have evolved with First Lady Obama...

First Ladies' Dresses at the Smithsonian. I saw this and spent a ridiculous amount of time looking! How the First Ladies dresses have evolved with First Lady Obama...

Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of John Tyler, 10th president, died while he was in office.  She had suffered a stroke prior to his presidency but was able to conduct business from her bedroom suite.  She was a first lady for about one and a half years.

Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of John Tyler, 10th president, died while he was in office. She had suffered a stroke prior to his presidency but was able to conduct business from her bedroom suite. She was a first lady for about one and a half years.

First Lady Abigail Smith Adams, BIO, (this portrait, painted while she was in Europe) First Lady 1797 - 1801 Of the four years her husband served as President, Abigail Adams was actually present in the temporary capital of Philadelphia and then, finally, the permanent  " Federal City, " of Washington, D.C. for a total of only eighteen months. She nonetheless made a strong impression on the press and public.

First Lady Abigail Smith Adams, BIO, (this portrait, painted while she was in Europe) First Lady 1797 - 1801 Of the four years her husband served as President, Abigail Adams was actually present in the temporary capital of Philadelphia and then, finally, the permanent " Federal City, " of Washington, D.C. for a total of only eighteen months. She nonetheless made a strong impression on the press and public.

Patricia Nixon - 1969 Karen Stark for Harvey Berin double-faced satin gown and matching embroidered cropped jacket.

History's Most Fashionable First Ladies

Patricia Nixon - 1969 Karen Stark for Harvey Berin double-faced satin gown and matching embroidered cropped jacket.

Lady Bird Johnson  Johnson presided over the 1963 event in a canary-yellow bateau-neck gown by John Moore. The down-to-earth First Lady ordered her dress through Neiman Marcus in Texas. "I like clothes—I like them pretty," she told Time, "but I want them to serve me, not for me to serve them.".

First Ladies' Inaugural Gowns

Lady Bird Johnson Johnson presided over the 1963 event in a canary-yellow bateau-neck gown by John Moore. The down-to-earth First Lady ordered her dress through Neiman Marcus in Texas. "I like clothes—I like them pretty," she told Time, "but I want them to serve me, not for me to serve them.".

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