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By Dorothy Schneider

Thoroughly up-to-date during the inauguration in January 2009, First women, 3rd version covers all of the ladies who've held this esteemed "office" because the founding of the USA. that includes a brand new profile of present first girl Michelle Obama, this revised variation contains updates and additions to the profiles of Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Barbara Bush, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. New resources have additionally been extra to the additional examining lists all through and to the bibliography.

An in-depth introductory essay strains the heritage of the 1st girl, together with alterations within the inspiration of what a president's spouse should still do and be, and the way such notions were laid low with society's altering rules in regards to the function of ladies. prepared chronologically by way of time period of government, each one biographical access encompasses a targeted biography emphasizing every one first lady's existence throughout the presidency, in addition to a chronology, appendixes, and recommendations for extra studying. Appendixes directory White apartment hostesses, first girl "firsts," and primary women' reflections; a normal bibliography; and an index around out this finished edition.

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Webster and some friends concocted a scheme to buy her an annuity, but she declined it. She was on board the Princeton when a gun exploded, killing several people. ” came through from Baltimore, Samuel Morse asked Dolley Madison for a message; she sent her love to a friend. indd 32 11/9/09 11:43:14 AM to wait on Mrs. ” In 1848 she joined Mrs. Hamilton and Louisa Adams in raising funds for the Washington monument and attended the laying of its cornerstone. President Polk, about to leave office, ended a grand reception at the White House by passing through the crowded rooms with Dolley Madison on his arm, in white satin gown and turban.

The president was already in the city by the time she reached it on August 28. They returned to a scene of devastation. The British had paid special attention to the presidential mansion, damaging it to such an extent that the Madisons had to live in rented houses for more than two years, while renovations went forward. The mansion was painted white—the beginning of its designation as the White House. Dolley had saved nearly all the silver, the crimson velvet curtains from the Oval Room, the cabinet papers, a few books, and a small clock.

Although she visited the congressional galleries and the Supreme Court and was eager to hear what was going on in the cabinet, Dolley expressed no political opinions. ” Publicly she confi ned herself to such uncontroversial projects as raising money for the Lewis and Clark expedition. She enjoyed shopping, whether it was for herself, for her sister, for Jefferson, for Jefferson’s daughters, who lived in the country—for whoever asked. Her husband encouraged her, adding to her purchases his own gifts of jewels.

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