Martha Washington is the only first lady to be pictured on American currency. One of only two foreign-born first ladies, Louisa Adams was dubbed "half-blood" by her mother-in-law, Abigail Adams. Harriet Lane wasn't married to James Buchanan; she was the bachelor president's niece. Lucy Hayes was the first presidential wife with a college degree to move into the White House. Rosalynn Carter established what is now the Office of the First Lady in the East Wing. Hillary Clinton's tenure as First Lady launched her own political career. From Martha Washington to Dr. Jill Biden, from the reluctant to the politically savvy and ambitious, the forty-seven women profiled in this "illustrated story"
deserve recognition for how they shaped our nation. (KG)