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Wendy Lee Gramm

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Wendy Lee Gramm

Wendy Lee Gramm (born January 10, 1945)[1] is an American economist and former head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for the Reagan administration.[2] She is also the wife of former United States Senator Phil Gramm. Gramm has gained notoriety for her role in the Enron scandal.[3] Early life Wendy Lee Gramm was born in Hawaii and is of Korean and Native Hawaiian ancestry. She received a B.A. degree in economics from Wellesley College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 1971.[4][1] In her role at the Mercatus Center, Gramm generally called for deregulation of the energy industry. Career Previously, Gramm held several positions in the Reagan Administration, including heading the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1988 to 1993. After a lobbying campaign from Enron, the CFTC exempted it from regulation in trading of energy derivatives. Subsequently, Gramm resigned from the CFTC and took a seat on the Enron Board of Directors and served on its Audit Committee. Whil ...more...

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Lucy Lambert Hale

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Lucy Lambert Hale

Lucy Lambert Hale (January 1, 1841 – October 15, 1915) was the daughter of U.S. Senator John Parker Hale of New Hampshire, and was a noted Washington, DC, society belle. She attracted many admirers including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Robert Todd Lincoln; and stage actor and presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth, to whom she was secretly engaged. Lucy's photograph was found in Booth's pocket after he was killed by Federal troops, twelve days after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln.[1] Hale later went on to marry William E. Chandler, a future United States Senator and United States Secretary of the Navy.[1] Early years She was born on January 1, 1841 in Dover, New Hampshire, the second eldest daughter of U.S. Senator John Parker Hale and Lucy Hill Lambert, daughter of William Thomas Lambert and Abigail Ricker.[2] She was described as "pretty, precocious, sweet and good".[1] At the age of 12, she was receiving poems from a Harvard University student by the name of William Chandler. He was the first of her m ...more...

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Ellen Hamlin

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Ellen Hamlin

Ellen Vesta Emery Hamlin (September 14, 1835 – February 1, 1925) was the second wife of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin who served in the first term of the administration of President Abraham Lincoln.[1] They were married a year after the death of his first wife Sarah Jane Emery in 1855 who was also her half-sister. She had two children with Hannibal Hamlin: Hannibal Emery, who later became the attorney general of Maine, and Frank.[2][3] Hamlin also had four children from his first marriage: George Hamlin, Charles Hamlin, Cyrus Hamlin, and Sarah Hamlin Batchelder. References Ross, George Edward; Novack, Barbara (1 January 1975). "Know Your Vice-presidents and Their Wives: Compact Biographies and Portraits of the Men who Have Held the Second-highest Office in the United States Government, and Their Wives, from John and Abigail Adams to Nelson A. and Margarette Rockefeller". Hawkes Publishing Incorporated – via Google Books. "Fogler Library: Special Collections - Hamlin Family Papers". Library.umaine.edu ...more...

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Florence Harding

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Florence Harding

Florence Mabel Harding (née Kling; August 15, 1860 – November 21, 1924) was the First Lady of the United States from 1921 to 1923 as the wife of President Warren G. Harding. She married the somewhat-younger Harding when he was a newspaper publisher in Ohio, and she was acknowledged as the brains behind the business. Known as The Duchess, she adapted well to the White House, where she gave notably elegant parties. Early life She was born Florence Mabel Kling in Marion, Ohio, the eldest of three children of Amos Kling, a prominent Marion banker of German descent, and Louisa Bouton Kling, whose French Huguenot ancestors had fled religious persecution. Aiming to become a concert pianist, Florence began studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, but at 19 she eloped with Henry Atherton ("Pete") DeWolfe (4 May 1859 – 8 March 1894) and they were married in Columbus, Ohio, on January 22, 1880.[2] A record of the issuance of their marriage license was printed in The Marion Star.[3] Florence gave birth to her ...more...

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Ruth Harkin

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Ruth Harkin

Ruth Harkin (née Raduenz; born 1944) is an American attorney and was one of the first women in the United States to be elected as a prosecutor when, in 1972, she was elected to the office of county attorney of Story County, Iowa. She served as a deputy counsel for the US Department of Agriculture prior to joining the Washington lobbying firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in 1983. In 1993, President Bill Clinton named her Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Ruth Harkin left the government and became United Technologies' Senior Vice President for international affairs and government relations in April 1997, leading their Washington D.C. office. In 2002, she became a Director of ConocoPhillips. A Minnesota native, she has been married to the former United States Senator Tom Harkin since 1968 and has two daughters, Amy, born in 1976, and Jenny, born in 1981. On July 2, 2007, Harkin announced her endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President. ...more...

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Anna Harrison

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Anna Harrison

Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (July 25, 1775 – February 25, 1864), wife of President William Henry Harrison and grandmother of President Benjamin Harrison, was nominally First Lady of the United States during her husband's one-month term in 1841, but she never entered the White House. At the age of 65 years during her husband's presidential term, she is the oldest woman ever to become First Lady, as well as having the distinction of holding the title for the shortest length of time, and the first person to be widowed while holding the title. She was the last First Lady to have been born in British America. Early life and marriage Anna was born at her father's estate Solitude, just outside Morristown, New Jersey (present day Wheatsheaf Farms subdivision off Sussex Avenue in Morris Township, New Jersey) on July 25, 1775, to Judge John Cleves Symmes and Anna Tuthill Symmes of Long Island. Her father was a Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and later became a prominent landowner in southwestern Ohio. ...more...

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LaDonna Harris

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LaDonna Harris

LaDonna Vita Tabbytite Harris (born February 26, 1931) is a Comanche Native American social activist and politician from Oklahoma.[1] She is the founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity.[2] Harris was a vice presidential candidate for the Citizens Party in the United States presidential election, 1980 alongside Barry Commoner. In 2018, she became one of the inductees in the first induction ceremony held by the National Native American Hall of Fame.[3] Background Harris was raised by her maternal grandparents in Indian country on a farm near the small town of Walters, Oklahoma during the Great Depression. Harris began her public service as the wife of U.S. Senator Fred Harris. From the 1970s to the present, she has presided over AIO, which advances, from an Indigenous worldview, the cultural, political and economic rights of Indigenous peoples in the U.S. and around the world. She helped found some of today's leading national Indian organizations including the National Indian Housing Council ...more...

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Caroline Harrison

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Caroline Harrison

Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison (October 1, 1832 – October 25, 1892), was a teacher of music, the wife of Benjamin Harrison and mother of two surviving children; after his election as President of the United States, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1889 until her death. She secured funding for an extensive renovation of the White House and oversaw the work. Interested in history and preservation, in 1890 she helped found the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and served as its first President General. Early life and education Caroline Lavinia Scott was born in Oxford, Ohio, the second daughter of John Witherspoon Scott, a Presbyterian minister and professor of science and mathematics at Miami University. Dr. Scott had been at Miami for more than two decades when, in 1845, he and several other professors were fired after a dispute with the university president, George Junkin, over slavery; Junkin supported it and Scott and the others opposed it. Her father n ...more...

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Jane Briggs Hart

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Jane Briggs Hart

Jane "Janey" Briggs Hart (October 21, 1921 – June 5, 2015) was an aviator and widow of Senator Philip A. Hart. Hart earned her first pilot's license during World War II, and later became the first licensed female helicopter pilot in Michigan.[1] In the early 1960s, Hart was chosen to participate in the Lovelace Foundation's Woman in Space Program, a privately funded project designed to test women pilots for astronaut fitness by subjecting them to the same physical tests developed by NASA for astronauts.[2] At the age of 40, Hart became one of only 13 women (later dubbed the Mercury 13) to qualify.[2] In 2007, Hart was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.[3] Early life Hart was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 21, 1921, to businessman Walter O. Briggs and Jane Cameron.[4] She attended the Academies of the Sacred Heart in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and Torresdale, Pennsylvania, and Manhattanville College in New York. In 1970,[5] at age 49, she received her BA in anthropology from Geo ...more...

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Phoebe Hearst

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Phoebe Hearst

Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson Hearst (December 3, 1842 – April 13, 1919) was an American philanthropist, feminist and suffragist.[1] She was the mother of William Randolph Hearst and wife of George Hearst. Early life She was born Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson in St. Clair, Missouri, in Franklin County, the daughter of Drucilla (Whitmire) and Randolph Walker Apperson. In her early years, Phoebe attended school, intending to become a teacher. Her childhood also consisted of helping her father with finances at the family store, learning French, and how to play the piano.[2] George Hearst returned to St. Clair in 1860 to care for his dying mother, and met Phoebe. On June 15, 1862, when she was 19, Phoebe married George in the hopes of leaving her mundane home. Family life Mrs. Phoebe Apperson Hearst's house, 1400 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., by Frances Benjamin Johnston Soon after their marriage,[3] the couple left Missouri and moved to San Francisco, California, George's home, where Phoebe gave b ...more...

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Mary Foote Henderson

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Mary Foote Henderson

Mary Foote Henderson (July 21, 1841 - July 16, 1931) was an American author, real estate developer, and social activist from the U.S. state of New York who was known as "The Empress of Sixteenth Street".[1] Early life and education She was born in Seneca Falls, New York, the daughter of Eunice Newton, a scientist and women's rights campaigner, and Elisha Foote, a prominent lawyer and judge, and the niece of Senator Samuel Foote of Connecticut.[2] Henderson was educated at Temple Grove Ladies Seminary (now Skidmore College), Saratoga Springs and at Ashgrove Seminary, in Albany, finishing at a French school in New York City. She was fluent in French and had a lifelong interest in painting and art collecting.[2] Career In June 1868, she married John B. Henderson, Senator from Missouri (1862–1869) who introduced the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution that abolished slavery and one of seven Republicans who voted against the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in May 1868.[3] That unpopular decision ...more...

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Irene Hirano

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Irene Hirano

Irene Hirano Inouye (née Yasutake, born October 7, 1948) is the founding President of the U.S.-Japan Council, a position she has held since she helped create the organization in 2009. Hirano Inouye focuses on building positive relations between the United States and Japan, and is also a leader in philanthropy, community engagement, and advancing social causes. She serves on a number of prominent non-profit boards, and is the immediate past Chair of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. She previously served as President and founding Chief Executive Officer of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles from 1988 to 2008, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. Career Early non-profit career Irene Hirano has dedicated her professional life to non-profit work supporting a number of important communities. She started her work in the field of public administration as the Executive Director of the T.H.E. Clinic, a non-profit community health facility for low and moderate income women and ...more...

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Anne Holton

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Anne Holton

Anne Bright Holton (born February 1, 1958) is an American lawyer and judge who served as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2016. She is the wife of United States Senator and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, who was the vice-presidential running mate of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Holton served as First Lady of Virginia from 2006 to 2010. Early life Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Holton is the daughter of Virginia Harrison "Jinks" (Rogers) and A. Linwood Holton, Jr.,[1][2] a lawyer and Republican Party politician. Her paternal grandfather was an executive at a small coal-hauling railroad.[3] As a child, Holton started a club dedicated to service and good deeds.[4] In 1969, her father was elected as governor of Virginia, serving from 1970 to 1974.[5] When her father became governor, he first enrolled Holton in a prestigious grade school.[4] In response to a federal court decision desegregating Richmond Public Schools, she and her siblings att ...more...

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Gail Huff

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Gail Huff

Gail Huff is an American broadcast journalist. She is the wife of current U.S. Ambassador and former United States Senator Scott Brown. Huff most recently worked as a Special Correspondent & News Contributor for NH1 News (NH1 News on WBIN-TV) in Concord, New Hampshire. Huff also previously worked with WJLA-TV, an ABC station, in Washington, D.C. for several years,[4] after seventeen years for WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston, Massachusetts.[5][6] Career Huff's broadcast journalism career began with Greenville, North Carolina-based WNCT-TV in 1984.[5] In 1986, she joined WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island as a general assignment reporter. She later held the same position at WFSB-TV, in Hartford, Connecticut in 1989. All three television stations were CBS affiliates.[5] Huff was employed as a reporter at WCVB-TV since 1993, working the 3-10 A.M. shift, while her daughters, Ayla Brown and Arianna were growing up.[5][6][7] During her husband's campaign, Huff stayed away from news assignments that may ...more...

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Ray Hutchison

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Ray Hutchison

Elton Ray Hutchison, known as Ray Hutchison (September 16, 1932 – March 30, 2014), was an attorney in Dallas, Texas, who served as a Republican in the Texas House of Representatives from District 33-Q in Dallas County from 1973 to 1977[1] and as the chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1976 to 1977. He was the second husband of Republican former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. In 1957, Hutchison graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas. In 1959, he obtained his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the same institution. Hutchison was senior counsel with the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani.[2] His principal area of practice was public finance. The 1978 gubernatorial primary In 1976, Hutchison became chairman of the Texas Republican Party, but he left the nonsalaried position in 1977 to pursue his gubernatorial campaign. In the spring of 1978, he lost his party's nomination to Bill Clements, an industrialist also from Dallas, by a lopsided vote ...more...

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Rachel Jackson

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Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson (née Donelson; June 15, 1767 – December 22, 1828) was the wife of Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States.[1][2] She lived with him at their home at The Hermitage, where she died just days after his election and before his inauguration in 1829—therefore she never served as First Lady, a role assumed by her niece, Emily Donelson.[3] Rachel Jackson was married at first to Lewis Robards in Nashville. In about 1791, she eloped with Andrew Jackson, believing that Robards had secured the couple a divorce. It was later revealed that he had not, meaning that her marriage to Jackson was technically bigamous. They were forced to remarry in 1794 after the divorce had been finalized. She had a close relationship with her husband, and was usually anxious while he was away tending to military or political affairs. A Presbyterian, Rachel was noted for her deep religious piety. During the deeply personal prelude to the 1828 election, she was the subject of extremely negative attacks from the s ...more...

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Eliza McCardle Johnson

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Eliza McCardle Johnson

Eliza McCardle Johnson (October 4, 1810 – January 15, 1876)[1] was the First Lady of the United States, the Second Lady of the United States, and the wife of Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States. Early life and marriage Eliza was born in Leesburg, Tennessee, the only child of John McCardle, a shoemaker, and Sarah Phillips[2][3]. Her father died when Eliza was still in her teens.[4] She was raised by her widowed mother in Greeneville, Tennessee. One day in September 1826, Eliza was chatting with classmates from Rhea Academy when she spotted Andrew Johnson and his family pull into town with all their belongings. They instantly took a liking to each other. Andrew Johnson, 18, married Eliza McCardle, 16, on May 17, 1827, at the home of the bride's mother in Greeneville. Mordecai Lincoln, a distant relative of Abraham Lincoln, presided over the nuptials. At 16, Eliza Johnson married at a younger age than any other First Lady. She was rather tall and had hazel eyes, brown hair and a good figur ...more...

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Rosalie Gardiner Jones

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Rosalie Gardiner Jones

Rosalie Gardiner Jones (February 24, 1883 – January 12, 1978) was an American suffragette.[1] She took the "Pankhursts" as role models and after hearing of the "Brown Women" she organised marches to draw attention to the suffrage cause. She was known as "General Jones" because of her following. Early life and education Jones was born in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Her mother was Mary Elizabeth Jones, who came from a wealthy upper-class family, the Joneses. Her father was Dr. Oliver Livingston Jones Sr. When Rosalie's mother died in 1918 of Spanish Flu, her son inherited the family Manor, Jones Manor. Yet after many years of fighting over the house and accusations of mistreatment of the Manor, Rosalie finally inherited the Manor for herself. Rosalie and her mother had very different views about women's suffrage. Where Mary Elizabeth was a part of the New York State Anti-Suffrage Associations, Rosalie was an active suffragist and Nassau County President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.[1 ...more...

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Grace Jordan

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Grace Jordan

Grace Edgington Jordan (April 16, 1892 – September 20, 1985) was an American writer and journalist who wrote primarily about her adopted home state of Idaho. She was the wife of former Idaho governor and United States Senator Leonard B. Jordan. Early life Born Grace Hartley Edgington in Wasco, Oregon in 1892 to a doctor and a schoolteacher, she graduated with an honors degree in English from the University of Oregon.[1] Following graduation, she worked as a journalist in Eugene and Lewiston, Idaho. In 1923, she became a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women when she was initiated as a convention Honor Initiate.[2] On December 30, 1924, she married Len Jordan (1899–1983). In 1933, the Jordans and their three children moved to a ranch in Hells Canyon along the Snake River in Idaho and later to Grangeville. In 1946, Len was elected to the state senate and in 1950, he was elected governor. The family moved to Boise where she served as First Lady of Idaho for four years. Writing and teaching career Jorda ...more...

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Nancy Kassebaum

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Nancy Kassebaum

Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker (born July 29, 1932) is an American politician who represented the State of Kansas in the United States Senate from 1978 to 1997. She is the daughter of Alf Landon, who was Governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1937 and the 1936 Republican nominee for president, and the widow of former Senator and diplomat Howard Baker. She was the first woman ever elected to a full term in the Senate without her husband having previously served in Congress.[1] Early life Baker was born Nancy Landon in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Theo (née Cobb) and Governor Alf Landon.[2] She attended Topeka High School and graduated in 1950. She graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1954, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. In 1956, she received a master's degree in diplomatic history from the University of Michigan, where she met her first husband, Philip Kassebaum. They married in 1956. They settled in Maize, Kansas, where they raised four children.[3] She worked as vice president of ...more...

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Ethel Kennedy

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Ethel Kennedy

Ethel Skakel Kennedy (born April 11, 1928) is an American human-rights campaigner and widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy is the third of four daughters and sixth child of George and Ann Brannack Skakel, and was a classmate of her future sister-in-law Jean Kennedy Smith at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. Kennedy is one of two surviving Skakel siblings and the longest lived. She and her husband married in 1950 and had eleven children. Their house, Hickory Hill in McLean, Virginia, was the scene of exclusive parties. Shortly after her husband's death, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, a nonprofit charity working to realize RFK's dream of a just and peaceful world. In 2009, Ethel Kennedy was among the chief mourners at the funeral of her brother-in-law Ted Kennedy. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Early life Ethel Skakel was born in Chicago, to businessman George Skakel (1892–1955) and secretary Ann Brannac ...more...

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Patricia Kempthorne

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Patricia Kempthorne

Patricia Kempthorne (born June 3, 1950) was the First Lady of Idaho and the wife of Gov. Dirk Kempthorne. Mrs. Kempthorne was Idaho's first lady from 1999 until 2006.[1] As first lady she was active in issues affecting children and families in Idaho and took the lead in assisting state government with children's policy. She is a former First Lady of Boise, Idaho. In March 2006, President George W. Bush nominated Governor Kempthorne to be the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. After his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on May 26, 2006, Mrs. Kempthorne ceased to be the state's first lady. She was scheduled to give up the role in January 2007, as her husband was not seeking reelection to a third term. She was replaced by Vicki Risch, the wife of Governor Jim Risch, who succeeded Kempthorne. References "Patricia Kempthorne". Who's Who In Work And Family. The Sloan Work and Family Research Network. Retrieved 18 December 2010. Preceded byJacque Batt First Lady of Idaho1999–2006 Succeeded byVicki Risch ...more...

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Joan Bennett Kennedy

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Joan Bennett Kennedy

Virginia Joan Kennedy (née Bennett, born September 2, 1936) is an American socialite, musician, author, and former model, and was the first wife of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. Early life Virginia Joan Bennett was born at Mother Cabrini Hospital in New York City.[1] She was raised in a Roman Catholic family,[1] in suburban Bronxville, New York. Her parents were Harry Wiggin Bennett Jr. (1907–1981) and Virginia Joan Stead (1911–1976).[1] Her father was a graduate of Cornell University and later worked as an advertising executive. Bennett grew up with one younger sister, Candace "Candy," (born 1938). She attended Manhattanville College (then a Sacred Heart college), in Purchase, New York.[1] Manhattanville was also the alma mater of her future mother-in-law, Rose Kennedy, as well as her future sisters-in-law Jean Kennedy Smith and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. In 1982, Bennett received an MA in Education from Lesley College, now known as Lesley University. As a teenager, she worked as a model in television advertising.[ ...more...

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Belle Case La Follette

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Belle Case La Follette

Belle Case La Follette (April 21, 1859 – August 18, 1931) was a women's suffrage, peace, and Civil Rights activist in Wisconsin, United States. La Follette worked with the women's peace party during World War I. At the time of her death in 1931, The New York Times called her "probably the least known yet most influential of all American women who have had to do with public affairs in this country."[1] She is best remembered as the wife and helpmate of Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette—a prominent Progressive Republican politician both in Wisconsin and on the national scene—and as co-editor with her husband of La Follette's Weekly Magazine.[2] Biography Belle Case was born on April 21, 1859 in Summit, Juneau County, Wisconsin. Her parents were Unitarian of English and Scottish descent. She attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1875 to 1879 and, upon graduation, taught high school in Spring Green and junior high school in Baraboo.[3] One of her students in Baraboo was John Ringling, of whom she l ...more...

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Janet Langhart

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Janet Langhart

Janet Leola Langhart Cohen (née Floyd; born December 22, 1940) is an American television journalist and anchor, and author. Beginning her career as a model, she started in television reporting the weather. She serves as President and CEO of Langhart Communication. She is the spouse of former Defense Secretary William Cohen. She has written two memoirs, one with her husband. In June 2009, her one-act play Anne and Emmett, inspired by the lives of Anne Frank and Emmett Till, premiered at the United States Holocaust Museum. Early life and education She was born as Janet Leola Floyd in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1940. She and her mother Mary Floyd lived in an Indianapolis housing project; her mother worked as a maid and hospital ward secretary.[2] Both her parents were African-American; they also had European and Native American ancestry.[3] Her mother, Mary, and her father, Sewell Bridges, had formed a relationship at a young age but they never married. Bridges served in World War II and abandoned his family af ...more...

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Rose McConnell Long

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Rose McConnell Long

Rose McConnell Long (April 8, 1892 – May 27, 1970) was a United States Senator and the wife of Huey Long. She was the third[1] woman to ever serve as a U.S. Senator, and the first from Louisiana. Life and work Long was born in Greensburg, Indiana. She met Huey Long after she won a cake baking contest that he had organized. Rose and Huey were married in 1913. After Huey's death in 1935, Rose was appointed to serve in the United States Senate. Rose won a special election on April 21, 1936, to serve the remaining months of her husband's term, but she declined to run for re-election to a six-year term in November 1936. Because Hattie Caraway was already serving in the Senate at the time of Rose's election, it represented the first time that two women had ever served simultaneously in that body. Rose Long died in Boulder, Colorado, in 1970, where she lived near her daughter, Rose Lolita Long McFarland. She was also survived by her sons, Palmer Reid Long of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Russell B. Long, then the si ...more...

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Hadassah Lieberman

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Hadassah Lieberman

Hadassah Lieberman (born March 28, 1948) is the second wife of former United States Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Life and work She was born Hadassah Freilich in Prague, Czechoslovakia. (a past report erroneously stated she was born in a refugee camp.)[1][2] Her parents were both Holocaust survivors. Her father was Samuel Freilich, a lawyer and rabbi from Munkács, in the Carpathian Ruthenia (now Mukachevo in Ukraine). Her mother, Ella (Wieder) Freilich, had survived both Auschwitz and Dachau. Hadassah was named for her maternal grandmother, who died at Auschwitz.[3] Samuel Freilich brought his family to the United States, in 1949, settling in Gardner, Massachusetts, where he was the rabbi of Congregation Ohave Shalom. Lieberman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Dramatics from Boston University in 1970, as well as an MA in International Relations from Northeastern University the following year. She was a research analyst at Lehman Brothers, a director of Policy, Planning, and Comm ...more...

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Eleanor Wilson McAdoo

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Eleanor Wilson McAdoo

Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo (October 16, 1889 – April 5, 1967) was the youngest daughter of US President Woodrow Wilson and Ellen Louise Axson. Wilson had two sisters, Margaret Woodrow Wilson and Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre. She was an American author who wrote about her father. Biography Born in Middletown, Connecticut, she married Wilson's Secretary of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoo at the White House on May 7, 1914.[1] They had two daughters: Ellen Wilson McAdoo (1915–1946)[2] and Mary Faith McAdoo (1920–1988).[3] She divorced McAdoo in July 1935.[4] Because she had written a biography about her father, she served as an informal counselor on the 1944 biopic Wilson.[5] In 1965, she became largely incapacitated after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. McAdoo died at her home in Montecito, California, at 77.[6] She was interred at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California. She was the last surviving child of Woodrow Wilson. Family Woodrow Wilson, father Ellen Axson Wilson, mother E ...more...

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Gayle Conelly Manchin

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Gayle Conelly Manchin

Gayle Conelly Manchin (born June 20, 1947) is an American educator, politician, former First Lady of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010, and a former member of the West Virginia Board of Education from 2007-2015, having served for 2 years as the board's President. Manchin most recently served as the West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts from 2017 until her termination in March 2018. She is the wife of former Governor and current U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.[1] Early life and education Gayle Manchin was raised in Beckley, West Virginia and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in language arts and education, and a Master of Arts in reading (now known as the masters in literacy education), from West Virginia University.[2][3] In 1999, she received a second master's degree in educational technology leadership from Salem International University.[3][4] In 1967, Gayle Conelly married Manchin, with whom she had three children, Heather, Joseph IV, ...more...

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Abigail McCarthy

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Abigail McCarthy

Abigail Quigley McCarthy (April 16, 1915 – February 1, 2001) was an American academic and writer, best known as the wife of politician and presidential contender Eugene McCarthy. She predeceased her estranged husband by almost five years. Born in Wabasha, Minnesota, she met her future husband while working as a teacher in Mandan, North Dakota. They married on June 5, 1945, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their first home was in Watkins, Minnesota, at an agriculture commune formed by Catholic couples. In later years, following their separation (see Eugene McCarthy), they lived separately; however, they never divorced. She had an apartment in Washington, D.C. on Connecticut Avenue, which is where she died in 2001, aged 85. Children Eugene and Abigail McCarthy had five children: Christopher Joseph McCarthy (April 30, 1946 – April 30, 1946), Michael Benet McCarthy, Ellen McCarthy, Margaret Alice McCarthy, and the late Mary Abigail McCarthy (died July 28, 1990). Education Abigail Quigley graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa ...more...

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Eleanor McGovern

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Eleanor McGovern

Eleanor McGovern Eleanor Fay Stegeberg McGovern (November 25, 1921 – January 25, 2007) was the wife of George McGovern, who served as a U.S. Senator from South Dakota from 1963–1981, and was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972.[1] Biography Born in Woonsocket, South Dakota, she grew up on her family's farm. Her mother died when she was only 12, leaving her and her twin sister, Ila (1921–1996), responsible for the upkeep of the household and the raising of their younger sister Phyllis (1928–2018). This instilled within her a longstanding sense of compassion for the hardships of others.[1] As a teenager, Eleanor was interested in political and social issues and joined debate teams, first at Woonsocket High School and later during her one year at Dakota Wesleyan University.[1] During one high school debate, in her native Woonsocket, she first met George McGovern after she and Ila defeated McGovern and his partner. They met again and fell in love while both were at Dakota Wesleyan, and became engaged, ...more...

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Ruth Hanna McCormick

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Ruth Hanna McCormick

Ruth McCormick Simms (née Ruth Hanna; March 27, 1880 – December 31, 1944) was a United States Representative from Illinois and active in the women's suffrage movement. Early life and education Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms was the daughter of Senator Mark Hanna and the wife of Senator Joseph Medill McCormick and later of Congressman Albert Gallatin Simms, hence her maiden name, Ruth Hanna, and name upon death, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms, are also seen in the literature. McCormick was born in Cleveland, Ohio where she attended Hathaway Brown School. Later, she attended The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York and the Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. She owned and operated a dairy and breeding farm near Byron, Illinois and was the publisher and president of the Rockford Consolidated Newspapers in Rockford, Illinois. In 1903 she married Joseph "Medill" McCormick. They had three children: Ruth "Bazy" McCormick Miller Tankersley, (1921–2013) She was publisher of the Washington Times-Herald a ...more...

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Alida Rockefeller Messinger

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Alida Rockefeller Messinger

Alida Ferry Rockefeller Messinger (born 1948) is an American philanthropist and the youngest daughter of John Davison Rockefeller III. Early life and family Messinger was born in 1948. She is the youngest daughter of John Davison Rockefeller III (1906–78) and Blanchette Ferry Hooker (1909–92),[1] and a fourth-generation member of the Rockefeller family. Her brother is former Senator John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV (born 1937).[2] Messinger's father began to teach her about philanthropy when she was five years old.[3] She has said, "My father and mother's greatest fear was that their four children might take their wealth for granted and grow up spoiled and arrogant ... They wanted us to learn early that with wealth comes responsibility."[3] Philanthropy Messinger is a major donor to conservation[4] and environmental organizations. Her Alida R. Messinger Charitable Trust also funds conservation and environmental groups, as does the Rockefeller Family Fund, founded in 1967, of which she is a trustee. Mes ...more...

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Elizabeth Monroe

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Elizabeth Monroe

Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (June 30, 1768 – September 23, 1830) was the First Lady of the United States from 1817 to 1825, as the wife of James Monroe, President of the United States. Due to the fragile condition of Elizabeth's health, many of the duties of official White House hostess were assumed by her eldest daughter, Eliza Monroe Hay. Birth, parents, and childhood Born in New York City on June 30, 1768, Elizabeth was the youngest daughter[1] of Lawrence Kortright, a wealthy merchant, and Hannah (Aspinwall) Kortright.[2] Her father was one of the founders of the New York Chamber of Commerce. During the Revolutionary War, he was part owner of several privateers fitted out at New York, and it has also been documented that he owned at least four slaves.[3] He purchased land tracts in what is now Delaware county, New York, and from the sale of this land the town of Kortright, New York, was formed. Elizabeth acquired social graces and elegance at an early age. She grew up in a household with four older sibl ...more...

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Joan Mondale

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Joan Mondale

Joan Mondale (née Adams; August 8, 1930 – February 3, 2014) was Second Lady of the United States from 1977 until 1981 as the wife of Walter Mondale, the 42nd Vice President of the United States. She was an artist and author and served on the boards of several organizations.[1] For her promotion of the arts, she was affectionately dubbed Joan of Art.[2] Family and education Joan Adams was born in Eugene, Oregon, one of three daughters of the Rev. John Maxwell Adams, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, the former Eleanor Jane Hall. She attended Media Friends School, an integrated Quaker school in Media, Pennsylvania; a public school in Columbus, Ohio; and later St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1952, she graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, where her father was chaplain, with a bachelor's degree in history. After graduation, she worked at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. On December 27, 1955, Joan married Minneapolis lawyer Walter ...more...

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Elizabeth Cutter Morrow

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Elizabeth Cutter Morrow

Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, born Elizabeth Reeve Cutter (May 29, 1873 – January 24, 1955) was an American poet in the early 20th century, and she became the first female head of Smith College, acting as college president from 1939 to 1940, but she was never officially granted the title. She was the wife of U.S. Senator Dwight Morrow and the mother of four children, which included Anne Morrow Lindbergh, distinguished American author and wife of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh. She was also the daughter of Charles Long Cutter and Annie. She graduated from Smith College in 1896.[1] Selected works The Painted Pig (1930) (Illustrated by Rene D'Harnoncourt) Quatrains for My Daughter (1931) Casa Mañana (1932) (Illustrated by William Spratling) The Rabbit's Nest (1940) Shannon (1940) (Illustrated by Helen Torrey) References https://sophia.smith.edu/blog/smithipedia/administration/elizabeth-cutter-morrow/ External links Morrow House A Dormitory at Smith College named in her honor. Cutter Hous ...more...

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Pat Nixon

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Pat Nixon

Thelma Catherine "Pat" Nixon (née Ryan; March 16, 1912 – June 22, 1993) was an American educator and the wife of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. During her more than 30 years in public life, she served as both the Second (1953–1961) and First Lady of the United States (1969–1974). Born in Ely, Nevada, she grew up with her two brothers in what is now Cerritos, California, graduating from high school in 1929. She attended Fullerton Junior College and later the University of Southern California. She paid for her schooling by working multiple jobs, including pharmacy manager, typist, radiographer, and retail clerk. In 1940, she married lawyer Richard Nixon and they had two daughters, Tricia and Julie. Dubbed the "Nixon team," Richard and Pat Nixon campaigned together in his successful congressional campaigns of 1946 and 1948. Richard Nixon was elected Vice President in 1952 alongside General Dwight D. Eisenhower, whereupon Pat became Second Lady. Pat Nixon did much to add substance to the ...more...

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier ; July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was an American book editor and socialite who was First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband, John F. Kennedy, from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Bouvier was born in Southampton, New York to Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and his wife, Janet Lee Bouvier, in 1929. In 1951, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from George Washington University and went on to work for the Washington Times-Herald as an inquiring photographer.[1] In 1952, Bouvier met then-Congressman John F. Kennedy at a dinner party in Washington. Following his election to the Senate in 1952, the couple married on September 12, 1953, in Newport, Rhode Island. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy. Following her husband's election to the presidency in 1960, Jacqueline Kennedy was known for her highly publicized restoration of the White House and emphasis on arts and cu ...more...

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Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator, and writer who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American First Lady. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In her early legal career, she worked at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met Barack Obama. She subsequently worked in non-profits and as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Michelle married Barack in 1992 and they have two daughters. Obama campaigned for her husband's presidential bid throughout 2007 and 2008, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She returned to speak for him at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. During the 2016 De ...more...

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Marilyn Quayle

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Marilyn Quayle

Marilyn Tucker Quayle (born July 29, 1949) is an American lawyer and novelist. She is the wife of the 44th Vice President of the United States, Dan Quayle, and served as Second Lady of the United States from 1989 until 1993. Early life and education Marilyn Tucker was born in the Meridian-Kessler area of Indianapolis, Indiana, to Mary Alice (née Craig, d. 1975) and Warren Samuel Tucker (d. 2004). The fourth of six children, she has three sisters (Nancy, Sally, and Janet) and two brothers (James and William). Her parents were both doctors. Her maternal grandfather was born in Maybole, Scotland.[1] She had a strict Christian upbringing.[2] The Tuckers were longtime admirers of Colonel Robert B. Thieme, Jr., the founder and former pastor of Berachah Church in Houston." Years later, when media attention focused on her family's religious beliefs, Marilyn Quayle said in an NBC interview: "I grew up with my mother listening to (Thieme's) tapes. ... I have never listened to him on social issues. I didn't even know ...more...

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Jane Pierce

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Jane Pierce

Jane Means Appleton Pierce (March 12, 1806 – December 2, 1863), wife of U.S. President Franklin Pierce, was the First Lady of the United States from 1853 to 1857. Early life Born in Hampton, New Hampshire, the daughter of Reverend Jesse Appleton, a Congregationalist minister, and Elizabeth Means-Appleton, Jane was a petite, frail, shy, melancholy figure. She was the third of their six children. After the death of her father, who had served as president of Bowdoin College not long before Franklin enrolled there, she moved at age 13 into the mansion of her wealthy maternal grandparents in Amherst. While going to school in Keene, New Hampshire, she discovered at a young age her interest in literature. Jane was a slender girl, estimated to be 5'4" and only around 100 pounds. She was always quiet and prone to deep depressions, relying heavily on the help of others, specifically her aunt through marriage Abigail Kent Means and most importantly her older sister, Mary Appleton Aiken. Pierce allowed Jane to visit h ...more...

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Casey Ribicoff

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Casey Ribicoff

Casey Ribicoff (born Lois Ruth Mell; December 5, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois - died August 22, 2011 New York City, New York) was an American philanthropist, socialite and the second wife and widow of United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and later United States Senator from Connecticut, Abraham Ribicoff. Ribicoff was the President of the ladies auxiliary of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida and in 1963 became the first woman to be selected to serve on the hospital's board of trustees. As a socialite, she was known as a great woman of style who, after years of appearing on best-dressed lists, was inducted into the international Best-Dressed Hall of Fame in 1988. Ribicoff counted among her friends Bill Blass (of whose estate she was the principal executor). Ribicoff also counted Nancy Kissinger, Barbara Walters, Annette de la Renta, Dominick Dunne and Tom Brokaw among her close friends. President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the board of the Kennedy Center, a seat in which ...more...

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Vicki Risch

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Vicki Risch

Vicki Risch is the former First Lady of Idaho and the wife of U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, who served as Governor of Idaho in 2006.[1][2] She became First Lady on May 26, 2006, when her husband succeeded former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, who resigned to become United States Secretary of the Interior.[1] Mrs. Risch succeeded former First Lady Patricia Kempthorne who had held the post for over seven years. Mrs. Risch served as First Lady until January 2007, as her husband did not seek a full term as governor, but rather was reelected to his old post as lieutenant governor. References "Acting governor no more, Jim Risch is all action". Idaho Reports. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2010. "POP QUIZ: Idaho's first lady Vicki Risch". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 1 October 2010. Preceded byPatricia Kempthorne First Lady of IdahoMay 26, 2006-Jan. 1, 2007 Succeeded byLori Easley ...more...

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Lynda Bird Johnson Robb

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Lynda Bird Johnson Robb

Lynda Bird Johnson Robb (born March 19, 1944) is an American chairwoman who served as chairwoman of the Board of Reading is Fundamental, the nation's largest children's literacy organization, as well as chairwoman of the President's Advisory Committee for Women. She is also a magazine editor who served as First Lady of Virginia from 1982 to 1986, before that as Second Lady of Virginia from 1978 to 1982. She is the elder of the two daughters of former United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson and former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. She became the oldest living child of a U.S. President following the death of John Eisenhower on December 21, 2013. Biography Johnson and Chuck Robb's wedding at the White House, December 9, 1967 When Lynda Bird Johnson was born, her mother, Lady Bird, had suffered three miscarriages, and her doctor spoke pessimistically of her chances of having more children, so her father, Lyndon suggested that she be named for both her parents. Thus, the name "Lynda Bird."[1] She is the ...more...

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Sharon Percy Rockefeller

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Sharon Percy Rockefeller

Sharon Lee Percy Rockefeller (born December 10, 1944) is the wife of former West Virginia Senator John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV and served as that state's First Lady from 1977 to 1985. She was born in Oakland, California, on December 10, 1944, a twin daughter of Senator Charles Harting Percy (1919—2011) and Jeanne Valerie Dickerson, who died in 1947. She earned a Bachelor's degree at Stanford University and later studied at Morris Harvey College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. Her twin sister Valerie was murdered in 1966 at the family home by a mysterious intruder.[1] Sharon married John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV (born 1937) in 1967. He is the son of John Davison Rockefeller III (1906—1978) and Blanchette Ferry Hooker (1909—1992) of the Rockefeller family. She and Jay have four children and seven grandchildren. As First Lady of West Virginia, she promoted the Public Broadcasting Service, helped establish a centralized system to assist mentally handicapped children, and founded Mountain Artisans, ...more...

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Connie Schultz

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Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz (born July 21, 1957) is an American writer and journalist. Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. She worked at The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper from 1993 to 2011. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary[2] for "her pungent columns that provided a voice for the underdog and underprivileged." She is married to Sherrod Brown, senior Democratic U.S. Senator for Ohio, and resigned from the paper to avoid a conflict of interest. She teaches journalism at Kent State University. Career Because of her husband's 2006 Senate campaign, Schultz took a leave of absence from The Plain Dealer to campaign for his election. She returned to The Plain Dealer in January 2007.[3] On September 19, 2011, Schultz again resigned from The Plain Dealer, having written in a note to colleagues that "in recent weeks, it has become painfully clear that my independence, professionally and personally, is possible only if I'm no longer writing for the newspaper that covers my husband's ...more...

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Frances Adeline Seward

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Frances Adeline Seward

Frances Adeline Miller Seward (September 25, 1805 – June 21, 1865) was the First Lady of New York and the wife of William Henry Seward, a senator in the New York legislature, Governor of New York, a senator from New York and United States Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln. Early life Frances Adeline Miller was born on September 25, 1805, in Cayuga County, New York. She was the daughter of Judge Elijah Miller (1772–1851)[1] and Hannah Foote Miller (1778–1811), who was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts.[2] She studied at the Troy Female Seminary (now known as Emma Willard School).[3] Life Frances was deeply committed to the abolitionist movement. In the 1850s, the Seward family opened their Auburn home as a safehouse to fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad. Seward's frequent travel and political work suggest that it was Frances who played the more active role in Auburn abolitionist activities. In the excitement following the rescue and safe transport of fugitive slave William "Jerr ...more...

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Jeanne Hurley Simon

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Jeanne Hurley Simon

Jeanne C. Hurley Simon (May 10, 1922 – February 20, 2000) was the first wife of Senator Paul Simon and the mother of former Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, was a state and national public official in her own right. Early life and career Born in Chicago, Illinois, Simon moved to Chicago's North Shore, graduating from New Trier High School. She then attended Barat College. After receiving her bachelor of arts, she attended law school at Northwestern University School of Law. She was admitted to the Illinois bar and practiced law including work as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney.[1][2] Illinois House of Representatives A member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961. A supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, Hurley was a member of the Catholic Interracial Council and the NAACP.[1] On April 21, 1960 she married fellow State Assemblyman Paul Simon, thus becoming the first two sitting members of that body that were married to each other. She did not seek reelection, later ...more...

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Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s, and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She continued her career successfully into the 1960s, and remained a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend. Born in London to wealthy, socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939, and she was soon given a film contract by Universal Pictures. She made her screen debut in a minor role in There's One Born Every Minute (1942), but Universal terminated her contract after a year. Taylor was then signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and had her breakthrough role in National Velvet (1944), becoming one of the studio's most popular teenaged stars. She made the transition to adult roles in the early 1950s, ...more...

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Joan Specter

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Joan Specter

Joan L. Specter (born January 1, 1934) is an American businesswoman and politician. She is a former member of the Philadelphia City Council, and the widow of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. Professional career Specter holds a BA from Southern Connecticut College and an MA in food and design from Drexel University. Upon her graduation from Drexel, she founded several cooking schools in the Philadelphia-area.[1] In the 1970s, she hosted a consumer advice and food-related program on a local radio station, and wrote a weekly column for the Philadelphia Bulletin. Specter also began selling her pies to local restaurants. Eventually, the business grew into a wholesale distribution company which operated in several dozen states. Specter's pies were billed as "America's first gourmet frozen pies which require no baking, decorating or special preparations".[2] Political career She left the business world in 1979, when she was elected to one of the two allotted minority Republican Party at-large seats on the Phil ...more...

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