First Ladies of the United States: A List

All the Wives of the Presidents, 1789-Present

Here, in chronological order, is a list of those who have been First Lady of the United States of America.

In order to qualify, each must have been actually married to a president. (Unofficial “First Ladies” like Harriet Lane, the niece of bachelor President James Buchanan, don’t count.) They must also have been married to their husband while he was president. So Rachel Jackson, who died a few months before Andrew Jackson took office, is not included here.

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Martha Washington
Martha Washington (1789-1797)

Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams (1797-1801)

Dolley Madison
Dolley Madison (1809-17)

Elizabeth Monroe
Elizabeth Monroe (1817-25)

Louisa Adams
Louisa Adams (1825-29)

Anna Harrison
Letitia Christian Tyler
Julia Gardiner Tyler
Sarah Childress Polk
Margaret Smith Taylor
Abigail Powers Fillmore
Jane Appleton Pierce
Mary Todd Lincoln
Eliza McCardle Johnson
Julia Grant
Julia Grant (1869-77)

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