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Edna Harker Thomas

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Edna Harker Thomas

Edna Harker Thomas (April 11, 1881 – April 29, 1942) was a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). She was the first wife of Elbert D. Thomas, a United States Senator from Utah. She was also the first woman in the LDS Church to travel around the world.[1] Early life and education Edna Harker was born in Taylorsville, Utah Territory to Benjamin E. Harker and Harriet Bennion.[2] Harker studied at Brigham Young University, University of California, Berkeley and at the American University.[3] She attended the University of Utah, where she taught physical education after graduating.[2] She was also involved in the university's theater club and performed at the Salt Lake Theater.[4][5] The Truth called her "the University Bernhart."[6] Career She was a teacher in the public schools of Salt Lake City. In 1904, she became a member of the general board of the Primary Association of the LDS Church. Shortly after their marriage, Elbert and Edna Thomas were sent by the LDS Church to J ...more...

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Niki Tsongas

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Niki Tsongas

Nicola Dickson "Niki" Sauvage Tsongas (; born April 26, 1946) is an American politician and the current U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district. From 2007 to 2013 she represented Massachusetts's 5th congressional district, the district her husband, Paul Tsongas, served prior to being elected to the United States Senate. She is a member of the Democratic Party. In August 2017, Tsongas announced that she would not seek another term in the November 2018 election.[1] Family, education, and career Tsongas was born Nicola Dickson Sauvage on April 26, 1946, in Chico, California. Her mother Marian Susan (née Wyman) was an artist and copywriter, and her father Colonel Russell Elmer Sauvage was an engineer in the United States Army Air Forces who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.[2] Tsongas graduated in 1964 from Narimasu American High School in Japan while her father was stationed at Fuchu Air Force Base. Tsongas spent one year at Michigan State University, then transferred to Smith Col ...more...

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Bess Truman

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Bess Truman

Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman (née Wallace; February 13, 1885 – October 18, 1982) was the wife of U.S. President Harry S. Truman and the First Lady of the United States from 1945 to 1953. She also served as the Second Lady of the United States in 1945. She had known her future husband since they were children attending the same school in Independence, Missouri. As First Lady, she did not enjoy the social and political scene in Washington, and at the end of her husband's term in 1953, she was relieved to return to Independence. She currently holds the record of longest-lived First Lady and longest-lived Second Lady, at 97 years, 247 days. She died in Independence, Missouri. Early life and education Childhood Portrait of Bess Truman at About Age 4½ (Truman Library) Bess Truman was born Elizabeth Virginia Wallace on February 13, 1885, to David Willock Wallace (1860–1903) and his wife, the former Margaret Elizabeth Gates (1862–1952), in Independence, Missouri, and was known as Bessie during her childhood ...more...

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Julia Thorne

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Julia Thorne

Julia Stimson Thorne (September 16, 1944 – April 27, 2006) was an American writer and the first wife of former U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Early life Thorne was born in New York City, the daughter of Alice Smith (Barry) and Landon Ketchum Thorne, Jr. Her maternal great-grandfather was journalist David S. Barry and her paternal great-great-grandfather was Alfred Lebbeus Loomis, a physician who served as president of the Association of American Physicians. Her brothers are Landon Ketchum Thorne III of Beaufort, South Carolina, and her twin brother David Thorne of Brookline, Massachusetts. She spent much of her childhood in Rome and attended the international school, Marymount in Rome while her brother David attended the Overseas School of Rome. Her father had been appointed to a diplomatic post and was publisher of The Voice of the Daily American. She attended the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia. She took classes at the New York School of Interior Design and Radcliffe College. ...more...

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Iris Weinshall

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Iris Weinshall

Iris Weinshall (born September 5, 1953) is the Chief Operating Officer of The New York Public Library,[1] former vice chancellor at the City University of New York and a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation.[2] Weinshall was appointed Chief Operating Officer by the Library in July 2014, and she began her tenure on September 1, 2014.[1] She is the wife of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. Education Weinshall is a graduate of Brooklyn College and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.[2] Career She served as Senior Vice President of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, where she oversaw the development and implementation of the State's overall economic development program. She then held the position of Regional Vice President of Integrated Resources, Inc. where she structured limited partnerships for property acquisition and operation. She then served as President of the Financial Services C ...more...

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Letitia Christian Tyler

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Letitia Christian Tyler

Letitia Christian Tyler (November 12, 1790 – September 10, 1842), first wife of John Tyler, was the First Lady of the United States from 1841 until her death in 1842.[1] Early life Born at the Cedar Grove plantation in New Kent County, Virginia, Letitia Christian was the daughter of Colonel Robert Christian, a prosperous planter, and Mary Brown-Christian.[2] Letitia was shy, quiet, pious, and by all accounts, selfless and devoted to her family.[3] Personal life She met John Tyler, then a law student, in 1808. Their five-year courtship was restrained and it was three weeks before the wedding that Tyler first kissed her — on the hand. In his only surviving love letter to her, written a few months before their wedding, Tyler promised, "Whether I float or sink in the stream of fortune, you may be assured of this, that I shall never cease to love you."[4][5] Marriage They married on Tyler's 23rd birthday at Cedar Grove, her family's home. Their 29-year marriage appears to have been a happy one. Letitia Tyler ...more...

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Sheila Wellstone

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Sheila Wellstone

Sheila Ison Wellstone (August 18, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was an advocate for human rights, the environment, and peace. She was married to U.S. Senator from Minnesota Paul Wellstone. Wellstone focused much of her work on domestic violence, assisting survivors and pursuing policies to support its prevention. In 2002, she considered running for Governor of Minnesota. However, she died in a plane crash along with her husband and daughter Marcia later the same year. The Sheila Wellstone Institute continues her commitment to building power and visibility to ensure that ending violence against women and children is a national priority.[1] References "Sheila Wellstone Institute | Wellstone Action!". Wellstone.org. Archived from the original on 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-07-20. External links Sheila Wellstone at Find a Grave Sheila Wellstone's Senate Career ...more...

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Gayle Wilson

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Gayle Wilson

Gayle Edlund Wilson (born November 24, 1942) is an American business professional, community activist, and the former First Lady of California (1991–1999). She is married to former California Governor and Senator Pete Wilson, with whom she has two sons. As an activist, Wilson has concentrated her efforts on improving early childhood health and encouraging children in the areas of math and science.[1] First Lady of California As California's First Lady, Wilson worked to further her husband's goals of promoting early childhood education. She also helped establish a merit-based California state summer school for math and science, now known as COSMOS.[2] Each summer this four-week residential program located on four University of California campuses serves over 600 high school aged students.[1] Post Sacramento Wilson currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of Technolog ...more...

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Bruce Mann

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Bruce Mann

Bruce Mann may refer to: Bruce H. Mann (born 1950), Harvard Law School professor and legal historian Bruce Mann (civil servant), British civil servant Bruce Mann (oncologist), surgical oncologist Bruce Mann (rugby league), rugby league footballer See also Bruce Douglas-Mann (1927–2000), British politician ...more...

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Maurine Neuberger

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Maurine Neuberger

Maurine Brown Neuberger-Solomon, best known as Maurine Neuberger (January 9, 1907 – February 22, 2000) was an American politician who served as a United States senator for the State of Oregon from November 1960 to January 1967. She was the fourth woman elected to the United States Senate and the tenth woman to serve in the body. She and her husband, Richard L. Neuberger, are regarded as the Senate's first husband-and-wife legislative team. To date, she is the only woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Oregon. Early life Neuberger was born in Cloverdale, Tillamook County, Oregon. She attended public schools, the Oregon College of Education at Monmouth from 1922 to 1924, graduated from the University of Oregon in 1929 with a Bachelor of Arts. She is an alumna of the Delta Zeta sorority. She was selected to Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society in her junior year. She then undertook graduate study at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1936 to 1937. Brown was a teacher in Oregon publi ...more...

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Margaret Lea Houston

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Margaret Lea Houston

Margaret Lea Houston (April 11, 1819 – December 3, 1867) was First Lady of the Republic of Texas during her husband Sam Houston's second term as President of the Republic of Texas. They met following the first of his two non-consecutive terms as the Republic's president, and married when he was a representative in the Congress of the Republic of Texas. She was his third wife, remaining with him until his death. She came from a close-knit family in Alabama, many of whom also moved to Texas when she married the man who was an accomplished politician in both Tennessee and Texas, and who had won the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution. The couple had eight children, and she gave birth to most of them while he was away attending to politics. Her mother Nancy Lea was a constant in their lives, helping with the children, managing the household help, and always providing either financial assistance or temporary housing. With the help of her extended family in Texas, Margaret convinced her husband to gi ...more...

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Donna Hutchinson

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Donna Hutchinson

Donna Jean King Hutchinson (born August 23, 1949)[1] is a Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 98, which includes part of fast-growing Benton County in northwestern Arkansas. A resident of Bella Vista, she was initially elected to the House in 2006 and assumed her position in January 2007. Family background A member of the Blackfeet tribe,[2] Hutchinson was born into a military family in New Bern in Craven County in eastern North Carolina.[3] As a child, she lived in twenty-nine different locations. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Employed as a professional mediator by DJ Consulting,[3] she is a non-denominational Christian.[2] Her son, Jeremy Hutchinson, is a former state representative who has served since 2011 in the Arkansas State Senate from a district in Little Rock. Timothy Chad Hutchinson, Jeremy's twin brother from Springdale, previously served with his mother in the state House. The twins were bor ...more...

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Ann Willing Bingham

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Ann Willing Bingham

Anne Willing Bingham (1797) by Gilbert Stuart, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ann (or Anne) Willing Bingham (August 1, 1764 – May 11, 1801) was an American socialite from Philadelphia,[1] regarded as one of the most beautiful women of her day. She was the eldest daughter of Thomas Willing, president of the First Bank of the United States, the wife of the wealthy William Bingham, mother-in-law of Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton, and correspondent of Thomas Jefferson among others. Her correspondence with Jefferson led to the construct of the United States Bill of Rights. Through many letters, she convinced Jefferson that the Constitution would not last and the individual citizens would have their rights impeded from the interests of the majority. Jefferson was finally convinced and in turn presented her ideas to James Madison (may not have used her name due to the nature of the ideas origin) and Madison agreed to the proposal. Madison then proposed the Individual Bill of Rights and Bingham's ideas were adop ...more...

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Deborah Norris Logan

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Deborah Norris Logan

Deborah Norris Logan (1761–1839) was an early 19th-century American Quaker historian and memoirist. Life and education Deborah (Debby) Norris was born on October 19, 1761, to Charles Norris, a Quaker merchant of Philadelphia, and Mary (Parker) Norris. She was their second child and the oldest daughter in the family. As a granddaughter of Isaac Norris, she was a member of one of Philadelphia's most prominent and influential families. Her father died when she was only five years old. Although she attended Philadelphia’s Friends Girls School—the first public girls' school on the American continent, founded by the philanthropist and educator Anthony Benezet—she was largely self-educated, devising for herself an intensive course of reading after she left the school.[1] At the Friends Girls School, she met and became friends with the future diarist Sally Wister. When they were separated by families dispersing as a result of the British occupation of Philadelphia of 1777-78, Wister began keeping a diary in the for ...more...

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Kelley Paul

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Kelley Paul

Kelley Ashby Paul (born September 3, 1963) is the wife of ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who was elected to the United States Senate. Kelley Paul has worked as a political consultant for The Strategy Group for Media and as a freelance writer, and has also published a book titled True and Constant Friends in April 2015.[1] Paul is a graduate of Rhodes College. She is actively engaged in fundraising for veterans charities, in addition to her work for a political consulting firm.[2] Early life and education Kelley Ashby was born in Russellville, Kentucky, the daughter of Lillian (Wessell) and Hilton Ray Ashby, a military family.[3][4] Kelley has described her grandmother, an Irish immigrant who traveled the United States as a teenager, as one of her greatest life influences.[5][6][7] Kelley spent much of her early life moving around the country, describing herself as an "Air Force brat."[2] Her family lived for a few years in Turkey as well.[2] She graduated from Russellville High Sch ...more...

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South Carolina "Carrie" Bronson Hatfield

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South Carolina "Carrie" Bronson Hatfield

South Carolina "Carrie" Bronson Hatfield (September 9, 1876 – May 8, 1962) was the wife of former Governor of West Virginia Henry D. Hatfield and served as that state's First Lady, 1913-1917. She was born September 9, 1876, at Warfield, Kentucky. In 1895, she married Henry D. Hatfield. As first lady, she hosted social gatherings and participated in Charleston civic affairs. After leaving office, the Hatfields resided in Washington, D.C. where Gov. Hatfield served a term in the United States Senate, then moved to Huntington, West Virginia where she died on May 8, 1962.[1] References "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007. Honorary titles Preceded byMary Miller Glasscock First Lady of West Virginia1913–1917 Succeeded byEdna Brady Cornwell ...more...

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Betty Bumpers

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Betty Bumpers

Betty Lou Bumpers (née Flanagan; January 11, 1925 – November 23, 2018) was an American politician, advocate for childhood immunizations, and world peace activist, who served as the First Lady of Arkansas from 1971 to 1975.[2] Together, she and Rosalynn Carter ran a successful campaign to ensure that all American school children were immunized. Bumpers was also the wife of the late Dale Bumpers, the governor of Arkansas from 1971 to 1975 and then U.S. Senator until 1999.[3][4] Early life Bumpers was born in the Grand Prairie community in Franklin County, Arkansas, to salesman and auctioneer Herman Edward "Babe" Flanagan and his wife, the former Ola Callans, a teacher.[5][6] She grew up in Franklin County, except for a period during World War II when her family lived in Fort Smith and in the state of Iowa.[5] After studying at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Iowa State University,[7] she taught elementary school.[8] In 1949 she married Dale Bumpers, a high school classmate who was then in law school at ...more...

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Alberta Ramage Neely

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Alberta Ramage Neely

Alberta Ramage Neely (1880–1976) was the wife of former Governor of West Virginia Matthew M. Neely and served as that state's First Lady, 1941-1945. She was born August 27, 1880, at Milford, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Fairmont Normal School, now Fairmont State University, and attended Randolph-Macon College at Ashland, Virginia and Emerson College of Elocution at Boston, Massachusetts. In 1903, she married Matthew M. Neely. As first lady during the U.S. involvement in World War II, she sold war bonds and raised money for servicemen's clubs. After leaving office, the Nelly's moved to Washington, D.C., where Matthew Neely served in the United States Senate until his death in 1958. She moved to Fairmont, West Virginia, where she died on June 30, 1976.[1] References "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007. Honorary titles Preceded byIsabel Wood Holt First Lady of West Virginia1941 – 1945 Succeeded byNancy Massie Meadows ...more...

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Terry Huntingdon

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Terry Huntingdon

Terry Lynn Huntingdon (born May 8, 1940) is an American beauty queen who won Miss USA 1959. She later became a film and TV actress. Early years Huntingdon comes from a family of five-generation Californians.[1] She attended Mt. Shasta High School, where she was a majorette[2] and went from there to the University of California, Los Angeles,[3] where she majored in dance.[4] Beauty contests One of Huntingdon's first beauty pageant titles was Miss Mount Shasta in 1954-1955.[5] After winning the Miss California USA crown, Huntingdon went on to become California's first representative to achieve the title of Miss USA.[6] She is also the first Miss USA to win in her home state. She was then second runner-up in the Miss Universe 1959 pageant. Acting Huntingdon made occasional television and film appearances. In her first television role in 1959 she appeared on Perry Mason as defendant Kitty Wynne in "The Case of the Bartered Bikini." She was a contestant on the television quiz show You Bet Your Life in 1960 ...more...

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Heidi Cruz

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Heidi Cruz

Heidi Suzanne Cruz (née Nelson; born August 7, 1972) is an American investment manager at Goldman Sachs. She served in the Bush White House as the economic director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council, as the director of the Latin America Office at the U.S. Treasury Department, as Special Assistant to U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, and as economic policy advisor to George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. In 2001, she married U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Early life Heidi Nelson was born on August 7, 1972, in San Luis Obispo, California, to parents Suzanne Jane (née Rouhe), a dental hygienist,[1] and Peter Christian Nelson, a dentist.[2] Heidi Nelson was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist.[1][2][3][4] The mother of her father's mother had a Danish father and Irish mother, and her mother's father was born in Finland.[5] During a part of Nelson's childhood, she lived with her family in Kenya and Nigeria, and throughout Asia, where they served as missionaries, while both par ...more...

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Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio

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Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio

Jeanette Christina Dousdebes Rubio (born December 5, 1973) is the wife of United States Senator and former 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio.[1] Early life Jeanette was born in Florida, to parents who had emigrated from Colombia.[2] When she was six, her parents divorced.[3] Jeanette was raised Roman Catholic and attended South Miami High School. She met her future husband, Marco Rubio, at a neighborhood party when she was 17 and he was 19.[4][5][6][7] After graduating from high school, she attended Miami Dade College.[3] Before her marriage, she worked as a bank teller.[4] In 1997, she became a member of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.[4][3] Her sister, Adriana Dousdebes, was also a cheerleader for the Dolphins.[3] Jeanette was featured in the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders' first swimsuit calendar.[8] It was during her time as a cheerleader that Jeanette Dousdebes and Marco Rubio, who were only slightly acquainted in high school, met again and began to date.[9] When the Rubios were first married, sh ...more...

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Ann Bartlett

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Ann Bartlett

Ann Chilton Bartlett Burke (November 9, 1920 – January 26, 2013) was an American politician, political campaign staffer, and former First Lady of Oklahoma. Bartlett served as the First Lady of Oklahoma during the administration of her husband, former Governor Dewey F. Bartlett, from 1967 to 1971. Ann Bartlett then became actively involved in state and national campaigns for Republican presidential candidates during the 1970s and 1980s.[1] Early life Bartlett was born Ann Smith on November 9, 1920, in Seattle, Washington to parents, Edgar and Joan Smith.[2] Smith was raised in Seattle and attended both Seattle University and the University of Washington.[1] Smith met her future husband, Dewey Bartlett, originally of Ohio, while visiting Doheny Park, California, to care for her grandmother.[2] They both attended the same Marine officers' USO party[2] on Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.[1] The couple were engaged just three weeks and three days later.[2] Bartlett left for eighteen months soon after to serve ...more...

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Caroline LeRoy

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Caroline LeRoy

Caroline LeRoy Webster (September 28, 1797 in New York City – February 26, 1882) was the second wife of 19th Century statesman Daniel Webster. Her father was Herman LeRoy, who was once head of the commercial house of Leroy, Bayard, McKiven & Co., a large trading company that operated in different parts of the world. Her father was also the first Holland Consul to the United States. Caroline's mother was Hannah Cornell, daughter of the last Royal Attorney General of the State of North Carolina. Caroline was a descendant of Thomas Cornell. She was the second wife of Daniel Webster, after Grace Fletcher Webster's death. She met Webster at her father's house while Webster was a guest there. After only a few month of courtship they were married. Their wedding was an upscale one with a large and fashionable assemblage. In 1839, she traveled to Europe with Webster, during this time she was a guest of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington as well as other members of the British government. When Daniel Web ...more...

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Josephine Ward Thomson

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Josephine Ward Thomson

Josephine Antoinette Ward[1] was born in 1820 at Sing Sing,[2] Westchester County, New York. She was the eldest child of Aaron Ward and Mary Watson Ward.[3] She died 2 March 1906 in Washington, D.C. and is buried at Princeton, New Jersey. Family She was the second wife of Senator John R. Thomson from 1845 until his death in 1862. In 1878, Josephine became the second wife of former Governor of Maryland, Thomas Swann.[4] Some of the groom's family said this was a sign of "insanity growing out of dotage." The Governor was 72 at the time. The couple separated in 1880.[5] Daughters of the American Revolution She was a founding member of the Princeton [6] Daughters of the American Revolution. Princeton University She was the first benefactor of the Princeton University Graduate College [7] Rockingham House Josephine helped preserve Rockingham House, George Washington's final headquarters of the Revolutionary War, from demolition and decay.[8] Notes "Library of Congress Name Authority File" http://id. ...more...

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Peggy Eaton

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Peggy Eaton

Cigar box shows President Jackson introduced to Peggy O'Neal (left) and two lovers fighting a duel over her (right). Margaret O'Neill (or O'Neale) Eaton (December 3, 1799 – November 8, 1879), better known as Peggy Eaton, was the daughter of Rhoda Howell and William O'Neale,[1] the owner of Franklin House, a popular Washington, D.C. hotel. Peggy was noted for her beauty, wit and vivacity. Her marriage to United States Senator John Henry Eaton caused some controversy, as she had been widowed only a few months earlier, when her husband died while at sea. After Eaton was appointed as Secretary of War, rumors continued and Peggy Eaton was snubbed by other cabinet wives. Her honor was defended by President Andrew Jackson and she became the subject of the Petticoat affair. Relations among the president's Cabinet became so strained that he replaced most of the members.[2] First marriage About 1816, at age 17, Margaret O'Neale married John B. Timberlake, a 39-year-old purser in the Navy. Her parents gave them a ho ...more...

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Lizzie Pitts Merrill Palmer

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Lizzie Pitts Merrill Palmer

Elizabeth Pitts Merrill Palmer (Oct. 8, 1838 – July 28, 1916), known as Lizzie, was an American philanthropist whose bequest founded the Merrill-Palmer Institute in Detroit. She was also a founder of the Michigan Humane Society, active in the women's suffrage movement, and a benefactor of the Detroit Institute of Arts.[1] Lizzie Pitts Merrill Palmer was the only child of Charles Merrill a lumber owner and Frances (Pitts) Merrill. In 1855 she married Thomas W. Palmer who was a U.S. Senator from 1883–1889 and U.S. Minister to Spain in 1889–1890.[2] In 1893 Lizzie and Thomas donated land to Detroit that became Palmer Park. After her husband's death in 1913 Mrs. Palmer devoted herself to founding, endowing and maintaining a school to be known as the Merrill-Palmer Motherhood and Home Training School.[3] The School was established in 1920 as the Freer House to serve Detroit’s children through formal academic programs in infant, toddler, child and adolescent development, and in family functioning. In 1980 the Scho ...more...

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Appoline Alexander Blair

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Appoline Alexander Blair

Appoline Agatha Alexander Blair (September 14, 1828 – Sep. 5, 1908)[1] was a Missouri philanthropist, hospital founder, and wife of Senator (and Civil War general) Francis Preston Blair, Jr. In 1878, after losing two children to illness, Blair gathered a group of 20 prominent women and organized the St. Louis Children's Hospital, for which she served as the first president of the Board of Managers.[2][3] In addition to the St. Louis Children's Hospital, she is sometimes credited with the creation of the St. John's Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, in 1896.[4] References Buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis (findagrave.com). St. Louis Children's Hospital website. Missouri Women, Health Sciences, Biographies (website). Mentioned in online citations, but her actual involvement, if any, is unclear. ...more...

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Carolyn B. Shelton

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Carolyn B. Shelton

Carolyn B. Shelton (née Skiff; October 1876 – July 26, 1936) was the long-serving private secretary of George Earle Chamberlain, who was a United States Senator from Oregon (1909–1921) and Governor of Oregon (1903–1909). From February 27 to March 1, 1909, she acted as governor in his absence, making her the first woman to serve as acting governor of a U.S. state.[1][2] She performed only routine duties during that time. She and Chamberlain married in 1926, after the death of his first wife, but he died two years later. Early life Carolyn B. Skiff was born in October 1876 to parents Willis S. and Mary C. Skiff in Oregon.[2] When Carolyn was nine years old, her father mysteriously disappeared while waiting for a midnight train home. Although a detective agency took on the case, he was never found. Her mother died just two years later. Skiff and her siblings, Nolan and Mabel, were placed in the care of her older brother Orrin and his wife, Elizabeth. A year later, local attorney John W. Shelton became the guar ...more...

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Thomas Hassan

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Thomas Hassan

Thomas Edward Hassan is an American educator and husband of United States Senator and former Governor of New Hampshire Maggie Hassan.[1] He joined the Phillips Exeter Academy faculty as the Director of College Counseling in 1989, worked as the Dean of Admissions, and was the 14th principal from 2009 until his retirement in 2014.[2][3] During his 20 years at Exeter, Hassan taught mathematics and junior studies, served as dorm affiliate, and advised student organizations, including Best Buddies and the Random Acts of Kindness club.[1] Hassan earned a bachelor of arts degree at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Education at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1] In 2011, the New York Observer named Hassan as one of 24 "Elite Private School Power Players".[4] As the husband of Governor Maggie Hassan, Thomas Hassan was New Hampshire's First Gentleman from 2013 to 2017.[1] As of June 2016, Hassan is the President of School Year Abroad.[5] Reference ...more...

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Marian Javits

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Marian Javits

Marian Ann Borris Javits, sometimes Marion (1925 – February 28, 2017) was an American arts patron. She was married to the politician Jacob K. Javits from 1947 until his death in 1986. Early life She was born Marian Ann Borris in Detroit, Michigan.[1] She had dreams of becoming a Hollywood actress, but instead moved to New York to work as a researcher for the Republican Party.[1] Career Javits appeared in a few movies, including 1960's Who Was That Lady? starring Tony Curtis and Dean Martin.[1] Later she worked for a public relations firm, Ruder Finn which handled the account of the Iranian national airline during the reign of the last Shah to occupy the throne. This all transpired while her husband served on the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and with the looming change of regime in Iran and his introduction of certain legislation it became the focus of some acrimony and controversy. Having registered as a foreign agent for the lobbying effort, amidst the publicity she resigned.[2][3 ...more...

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Bibb Graves

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Bibb Graves

David Bibb Graves (April 1, 1873 – March 14, 1942) was an American Democratic politician and the 38th Governor of Alabama 1927-1931 and 1935–1939, the first Alabama governor to serve two four-year terms. Early life Graves was born in Hope Hull, Alabama, son of David and Mattie Bibb Graves and a descendant of Alabama's first governor William Wyatt Bibb. Graves' father died when he was one year old, and he was reared first by his paternal grandfather on an Alabama farm and then by an uncle in Texas. Graves attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the school's inaugural football team. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering (1893), Graves earned a degree from Yale Law School (1896). Graves was then elected to the Alabama legislature and later served as the city attorney in Montgomery. As adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard, he helped organize the 1st Alabama Cavalry and served on the Mexican border in 1916. In World War I, Graves commanded as a colonel the 117th U.S. ...more...

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Hattie Wyatt Caraway

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Hattie Wyatt Caraway

Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway (February 1, 1878 – December 21, 1950) was an American politician who became the first woman elected to serve a full term as a United States Senator. Caraway represented Arkansas. She was the first woman to preside over the Senate. She won reelection to a full term in 1932 with the active support of fellow Senator Huey Long, of neighboring Louisiana.[1] Biography Hattie Caraway in 1914 Hattie Wyatt was born near rural Bakerville in Humphreys County in west central Tennessee, the daughter of William Carroll Wyatt, a farmer and shopkeeper, and the former Lucy Mildred Burch. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Hustburg in Humphreys County. After briefly attending Ebenezer College in Hustburg, she transferred to Dickson (Tennessee) Normal College, where in 1896 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She taught school for a time before in 1902 marrying Thaddeus Caraway, whom she had met in college. They had three children: Paul, Forrest, and Robert; Paul and Forres ...more...

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Evalyn France

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Evalyn France

Evalyn Smith Nesbitt Tome France was the first woman president of a national bank. She was the wife of Senator from Maryland Dr. Joseph Irwin France. She was the widow of Jacob Tome, and co-founder with him of the Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland. She died from complications from an operation in Baltimore, Maryland. She was president of the Cecil National Bank, Port Deposit, Maryland (1898–1905) and of the National Bank of Elkton, Maryland (1898–1904). References Time (magazine); Monday, May 2, 1927 ...more...

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Martha Johnson Patterson

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Martha Johnson Patterson

Martha Johnson Patterson (October 25, 1828—July 10, 1901)[1] was the eldest child of Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States and his wife, Eliza McCardle. She served as the White House hostess during her father's administration and directed the restoration of the White House following the American Civil War.[2] Early life Martha was born on October 25, 1828 in Greeneville, Tennessee, the eldest of Andrew Johnson and Eliza McCardle's five children.[3] She attended local schools in the Greeneville, Tennessee area.[3] While her father was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Martha attended Miss L.S. English's Female Seminary in Georgetown (later known as the Georgetown Female Seminary) and spent time at the White House during the term of James K. Polk.[2][4] Marriage She married David T. Patterson, a United States Senator from Tennessee, on December 13, 1855.[3] The couple had two children, Andrew Johnson Patterson (1857 - 1932) and Mary Belle Patterson Landstreet (1859 - 1891).[5] ...more...

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Bruce H. Mann

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Bruce H. Mann

Bruce Hartling Mann (born April 27, 1950)[1] is the Carl F. Schipper, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a legal historian[2] whose research focuses on the relationship among legal, social, and economic change in early America. He began at Harvard Law School in Fall 2006, after being the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Education Mann graduated from Hingham High School in 1968. Mann holds A.B. and A.M. degrees from Brown University (1972) and M.Phil., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University (1975, 1975, and 1977, respectively).[3] His dissertation is titled "Rationality, Legal Change, and Community in Connecticut, 1690–1760."[4][5] Mann has been licensed to practice law in Connecticut since 1975.[6] Career After graduation, Mann taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Houston, University of Texas, University of Michigan, and the history department at Princeton Univers ...more...

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Wendy Vitter

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Wendy Vitter

Wendy Baldwin Vitter (née Wendy Lee Freret Baldwin; born 1961)[3] is a New Orleans lawyer. Currently serving as general counsel of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, she is a nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.[4] Career Vitter earned her Bachelor of Arts from Sam Houston State University and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. Upon graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk in the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office and eventually rose to chief of the felony trials division. There, she prosecuted homicide cases. Later she practiced at a boutique litigation firm specializing in maritime law and other matters. Vitter has worked as the General Counsel of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans since 2012, representing the body in all legal matters.[5] In that position, Vitter participated in sometimes controversial anti-abortion movements and anti-contraception activism, inc ...more...

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Howard Baker

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Howard Baker

Howard Henry Baker Jr. (November 15, 1925 – June 26, 2014) was an American politician and diplomat who served as a Republican US Senator from Tennessee, Senate Minority Leader, and then Senate Majority Leader. Known in Washington, D.C., as the "Great Conciliator," Baker was often regarded as one of the most successful senators in terms of brokering compromises, enacting legislation, and maintaining civility. For example, he had a lead role in the fashioning and passing of the Clean Air Act of 1970 with Democratic senator Edmund Muskie[1]. A moderate conservative, he was also respected by his Democratic colleagues.[2] Baker sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1980 but dropped out after the first set of primaries. From 1987 to 1988, he served as White House Chief of Staff for President Ronald Reagan. From 2001 to 2005, he was the United States Ambassador to Japan. Early life Baker was born in Huntsville, Tennessee, to Dora Ann née Ladd and Howard Baker Sr.[3] His father served as a Republican ...more...

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John R. McKernan Jr.

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John R. McKernan Jr.

John Rettie "Jock" McKernan Jr. (born May 20, 1948) is an American politician who served two terms as the 71st Governor of Maine, from 1987 to 1995. Born in Bangor, Maine, McKernan attended Dartmouth College and then the University of Maine School of Law. A Republican, McKernan was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming governor. He also served in the state house from 1973 to 1977 and was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1976 and 1984. Early life John McKernan was born in Bangor, Maine in May 1948, the son of Barbara Guild McKernan and John R. McKernan, Sr. He grew up there, attending public schools in the Bangor school system all the way through High School. After graduating, McKernan attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1970. He then returned to Maine and joined the Maine Army National Guard, which he served in from 1970 until 1973. During this time, he moved to Portland, Maine to pursue graduate studi ...more...

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Mary Boykin Chesnut

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Mary Boykin Chesnut

Mary Boykin Chesnut (née Miller) (March 31, 1823 – November 22, 1886), was a South Carolina author noted for a book published as her Civil War diary, a "vivid picture of a society in the throes of its life-and-death struggle."[1] She described the war from within her upper-class circles of Southern planter society, but encompassed all classes in her book. She was married to a lawyer who served as a United States senator and Confederate officer. Unlike her husband, Mary secretly held anti-slavery views. Chesnut worked toward a final form of her book in 1881–1884, based on her extensive diary written during the war years. It was published in 1905, 19 years after her death. New versions were published after her papers were discovered, in 1949 by the novelist Ben Ames Williams, and in 1981 by the historian C. Vann Woodward. His annotated edition of the diary, Mary Chesnut's Civil War (1981), won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1982. Literary critics have praised Chesnut's diary—the influential writer Edmund Wil ...more...

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Lady Bird Johnson

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Lady Bird Johnson

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson (née Taylor; December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) was an American socialite and the First Lady of the United States (1963–1969) as the wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. She also served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1961 until President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Notably well-educated for a woman of her era, she proved a capable manager and a shrewd investor. After marrying Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934 when he was a political hopeful in Austin, Texas, she used a modest inheritance to bankroll his congressional campaign, and then ran his office while he served in the Navy. She bought a radio station, and, later, a television station which generated revenues that made the Johnsons into millionaires. As First Lady, she broke new ground by interacting directly with Congress, employing her own press secretary, and making a solo electioneering tour. Johnson was an advocate for beautifying the nation's cities and highways ("W ...more...

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Varina Davis

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Varina Davis

Varina Anne Banks Howell Davis (May 7, 1826 – October 16, 1906) was the only First Lady of the Confederate States of America, and the longtime second wife of President Jefferson Davis. She moved to the Presidential Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, in mid-1861, and lived there for the remainder of the American Civil War. Born and raised in the South and educated in Philadelphia, she had family on both sides of the conflict and unconventional views for a woman in her public role. She supported the Confederacy's position on slavery and states' rights, but was ambivalent about the war. Davis became a writer after the American Civil War, completing her husband's memoir. She was recruited by Kate (Davis) Pulitzer, a distant cousin and wife of publisher Joseph Pulitzer, to write articles and eventually a regular column for the New York World. Widowed in 1889, Davis moved to New York City with her youngest daughter Winnie in 1891 to work at writing. She enjoyed urban life. In her old age, she attempted to reconcile pr ...more...

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Cindy McCain

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Cindy McCain

Cindy Lou Hensley McCain (born May 20, 1954)[1] is an American businesswoman, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is the widow of United States Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from Arizona. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, as the daughter of wealthy beer distributor Jim Hensley. After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern California, she became a special education teacher. She married John McCain in 1980 and the couple moved to Arizona in 1981, where her husband was elected to the United States Congress the following year and reelected five more times. The couple had three children together, in addition to adopting another. From 1988 to 1995, she founded and operated a nonprofit organization, the American Voluntary Medical Team, which organized trips by medical personnel to disaster-stricken or war-torn third-world areas. Upon her father's death in 2000, she inherited majority control and became chair of Hensley & Co., one of ...more...

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Edwin Edwards

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Edwin Edwards

Edwin Washington Edwards (born August 7, 1927) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 7th congressional district from 1965 to 1972 and as the 50th Governor of Louisiana for four terms (1972–1980, 1984–1988 and 1992–1996), twice as many elected terms as any other Louisiana chief executive. He served a total of 16 years in office, the sixth-longest serving gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,784 days.[1] A colorful, powerful, and legendary figure in Louisiana politics, Edwards, who has been dubbed the "very last of the line of New Deal Southern Democrats",[2] was long dogged by charges of corruption. In 2001, he was found guilty of racketeering charges and sentenced to ten years in federal prison. Edwards began serving his sentence in October 2002 in Fort Worth, Texas, and was later transferred to the federal facility in Oakdale, Louisiana. He was released from federal prison in January 2011, having served eig ...more...

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Victoria Reggie Kennedy

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Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Victoria Anne "Vicki" Kennedy (born February 26, 1954)[1] is an American lawyer and the second wife and widow of longtime U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, who was twenty-two years her senior. Early life and education The second of six children, Victoria Anne Reggie was born in Crowley in Acadia Parish in southwestern Louisiana. Her father, Edmund Reggie, was a Louisiana judge and banker; her mother, the former Doris Ann Boustany, was a Democratic National Committeewoman.[2][3] Reggie is of Lebanese descent, as all of her grandparents were Maronites from Lebanon, who immigrated to the United States and later settled to Louisiana.[4] Reggie's grandparents became important members of the local Roman Catholic church, and later their children became involved in business and politics.[4][5] Reggie's immediate family was wealthy because of money from her maternal family's interest in the Bunny Bread baking concern in New Orleans.[4][5] She was raised in a family that was constantly involved in politics and campaigns.[2] ...more...

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Teresa Heinz

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Teresa Heinz

Teresa Heinz (born Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira; October 5, 1938),[1][3] also known as Teresa Heinz Kerry,[3] is an American businesswoman and philanthropist of Portuguese descent. Heinz was the widow of former U.S. Senator John Heinz and is the wife of former U.S. Secretary of State, longtime U.S. Senator, and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. Heinz serves as Chair of the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Early life Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira was born in the city of Lourenço Marques (later renamed Maputo) in the colony of Portuguese Mozambique (which later became the nation of Mozambique).[1][4] Her parents were Dr. José Simões-Ferreira, Jr.,[5] a "Portuguese-born oncologist"[1] and tropical disease specialist,[5] and Irene Thierstein, a Portuguese and British[6] national.[7] Irene Thierstein's father "was the scion of Swiss-German family living on Malta, and her mother was the half-French, half-Italian daughter of an Alexandrian shipowner who trad ...more...

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Jeri Kehn Thompson

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Jeri Kehn Thompson

Jeri Kehn Thompson (born September 30, 1966) is an American radio talk show host, columnist for The American Spectator, political commentator, and former political consultant for the Washington, D.C. law firm of Verner Liipfert. She has also worked for the Republican Senate Conference and the Republican National Committee. She was also employed with the public relations and lobbying firm Burson-Marsteller.[1] From 2002 until his death in 2015, Thompson was married to Fred Thompson, former United States Senator, lawyer, lobbyist, screen actor, and 2008 U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate.[2] Early life Thompson is a native of Hastings, Nebraska, but grew up in Naperville, Illinois, with her mother Vicki, stepfather Ron Keller, and a younger sister. She graduated with a degree in English literature from Indiana's DePauw University in 1988 and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.[3][4] Marriage and family Thompson family. Jeri Kehn and Fred Thompson first met on July 4, 1996, while both wer ...more...

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Jane O'Meara Sanders

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Jane O'Meara Sanders

Mary Jane O'Meara Sanders (born January 3, 1950) is an American social worker, college administrator and political staffer. Sanders was Provost and interim President of Goddard College (1996–97) and president of Burlington College (2004–11).[1][2] In June 2017, she started the think tank The Sanders Institute.[3] She has been married to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders since 1988. Education and personal life Sanders was born Mary Jane O'Meara on January 3, 1950, and grew up in Brooklyn, as one of 5 children of Bernadette Joan (Sheridan) and Benedict P. O'Meara.[4][5] She was raised Catholic[2] and attended Catholic schools, including Saint Saviour High School, before attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. O'Meara dropped out of Tennessee and moved back to Brooklyn with her first husband, David Driscoll;[1] they then moved to Virginia. In 1975, they moved to Vermont when Driscoll's employer, IBM, transferred him. O'Meara had requested that Driscoll seek a transfer because she did not like Manassas, V ...more...

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Jane Stanford

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Jane Stanford

Jane Elizabeth Lathrop Stanford (August 25, 1828 – February 28, 1905) was a co-founder of Stanford University in 1885 (opened 1891) along with her husband, Leland Stanford, as a memorial to their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who died in 1884 at the age of 15. After her husband's death in 1893, she funded and operated the university almost single-handedly until her mysterious death in 1905. Early life and marriage Portrait of Leland and Jane Stanford in 1850 Born Jane Elizabeth Lathrop in Albany, New York, she was the daughter of shopkeeper Dyer Lathrop and Jane Anne (Shields) Lathrop.[1][2] She attended The Albany Academy for Girls, the longest running girls' day school in the country. She married Leland Stanford on September 30, 1850, and went to live with him in Port Washington, Wisconsin, where he had practiced law since 1848. The Stanfords lived in Port Washington until 1852 when his law library and other property were lost to fire; they then returned to Albany. Leland Stanford went to Californi ...more...

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Jacque Batt

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Jacque Batt

Jacque Batt (née Fallis, January 31, 1926 - September 7, 2018) was the former First Lady of Idaho while her husband Phil Batt was Governor of Idaho from January 2, 1995 to January 4, 1999. Jacque Elaine Fallis was born to Gordon and Mary Fallis on January 31, 1926.[1] She had two brothers, Bill and Bob Fallis. She met Phil at the University of Idaho, and eloped with him on January 9, 1948 in Potlatch, Idaho.[2] She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority at the University of Idaho.[3] She had three children with Phil: William, Rebecca, and Leslie Ann.[1] Batt died September 7, 2014 and was survived by her husband, whom she had been married to for 66 years.[4] When Batt died, Idaho Governor Butch Otter released the following statement: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jacque Batt. We will never forget the enduring strength of her 66-year marriage to Governor Phil Batt and her grace as Idaho’s First Lady. She was a deeply caring and compassionate woman who left us all better for having known ...more...

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Emily Baldwin

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Emily Baldwin

Emily Pitkin (Perkins) Baldwin, (January 1, 1796 – January 29, 1874), was born in Hartford, Connecticut to Enoch Perkins and Hannah Pitkin. On October 25, 1820 she married Roger Sherman Baldwin, who became the Governor of Connecticut in 1844 and US Senator in 1847. Emily and Roger had nine children. Children Edward Law Baldwin (1 October 1822 – 6 July 1848) Elizabeth Wooster Baldwin (8 August 1824 – 10 September 1912) Roger Sherman Baldwin (4 July 1826 – 12 November 1856) Ebenezer Simeon Baldwin (4 March 1828 – 28 April 1836) Henrietta Perkins Baldwin (3 April 1830 – 15 January 1910) George William Baldwin (24 April 1832 – 30 January 1930) Emily Frances Baldwin (13 December 1834 – 27 April 1836) Ebenezer Charles Baldwin (17 September 1837 – 10 December 1937) Simeon Eben Baldwin (5 February 1840 – 30 January 1927) Ancestry Emily was an aunt by marriage of Edward Everett Hale, and the mother of Connecticut Governor Simeon Eben Baldwin. In 1786 her father, Enoch Perkins, began what has become the ...more...

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