Famous American First Ladies

Someone has rightly said that behind every great president is his warm, social, civic-minded spouse (think Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton!) Gone are the days when the first lady was solely a goodwill ambassador of her president husband. Over the years, the first ladies of America has managed to break the shackles of that stereotype, now emerging as an epitome of beauty with brains and the power to influence society and country at large. That is right! Modern day history is rife with many exemplary first ladies who instead of underplaying their lives and hiding behind the shadow of their powerful husbands have dazzled the world with their intellect, splendor, humor, and appeal. They are the first ladies who refused to shy away from the center stage. They are the first ladies who confidently took on the world stage to voice their opinions and oppose the wrongdoings. American presidents have been lucky enough to marry such forward-thinking, progressive, open-minded beauties whom America reveres as its first ladies. Acquaint yourselves to the timeline, trivia, and facts about some of America's most-famous first ladies in the biographies here.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Jackie Kennedy

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States
Died: May 19, 1994

Jackie Kennedy was a literature editor, photographer, and socialite who was once married to the former American President John F. Kennedy. She became the First Lady of the United States when her husband became the president. She was known for her iconic fashion style. She is considered one of the most popular and recognizable First Ladies in American history.

 2 Michelle Obama

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Wife of the former U.S President, Barack Obama, and one of the most popular First Ladies of the United States, Michelle Obama is a celebrity in her own right. She is still very popular and is a sought-after speaker around the globe and often lends her voice to issues like poverty awareness, education, nutrition, women’s rights, immigration and racism.

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 3 Jill Biden

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: June 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammonton, New Jersey

The former Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden is the wife of Joe Biden, the 2020 presidential candidate. A passionate educator who is also fiercely independent, Jill continued to work as a full-time professor even when she was the Second Lady.  A vocal supporter of community colleges, she has also been supportive of military families and cancer research.

 4 Barbara Bush

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the U.S
Birthdate: June 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flushing
Died: April 17, 2018

The first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993, Barbara Bush was the wife of the 41st US President George H. W. Bush. She was also the mother of  George W. Bush, the 43rd president of US. As the first lady, she focused on family literacy and was the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

 5 Eleanor Roosevelt

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 7, 1962

Feminist and civil rights icon Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the longest-serving U.S First Lady. She was a prominent human rights activist, wrote columns, and hosted a radio show. She was named to Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century in 1999.

 6 Nancy Reagan

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 2016

Nancy Reagan was an American actress who also served as the first lady of the US between 1981 and 1989. One of her major initiatives as the first lady was her role in founding a drug awareness campaign called Just Say No. She had a strong influence on President Ronald Reagan, having an impact on many of his diplomatic decisions.

 7 Hillary Clinton

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Famous As: Former First Lady, Political Leader
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago

Married to former US president, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Thereafter, she became the first First Lady to hold US senator office. The former Secretary of State in the administration of Barrack Obama also fought and lost, as a Democratic nominee, the 2016 presidential election against Donald Trump.

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 8 Laura Bush

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Midland, Texas

Laura Bush is an American educator. She served as the First Lady of the US from 2001 to 2009, during which she encouraged education and helped advance women's causes through non-profit organizations. Regarded as one of the most famous American First Ladies, Laura Bush focused on raising awareness about malaria and HIV/AIDS.

 9 Mary Todd Lincoln

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: December 13, 1818
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky
Died: July 16, 1882

Mary Todd Lincoln was the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She played an important role during the American Civil War as she worked hard to keep the morale of the country high throughout the war. Mary invariably finds a place in stories and biographies written about Abraham Lincoln as she was seated next to him when he was killed.

 10 Lady Bird Johnson

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: December 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karnack, Texas, U.S.
Died: July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson was an American socialite who served as the First Lady of the US from 1963 to 1969. As First Lady, Johnson was responsible for the passage of the Highway Beautification Act, which was nicknamed Lady Bird's Bill. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977 and 1988, respectively.

 11 Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter.
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Famous As: Former First Lady, Activist
Birthdate: August 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plains, Georgia

Rosalynn Carter, served as the U.S. First Lady from 1977 to 1981, as the wife of former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. She promoted human rights, peace, and mental health awareness. She was also an envoy to Latin America and launched Every Child By Two, a childhood immunization awareness program.

 12 Abigail Adams

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Famous As: Second First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: November 11, 1744
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greenville
Died: October 28, 1818

Abigail Adams was the closest advisor and wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams. She is credited with influencing John Adams in many ways as the latter often sought the advice of his wife. Adams feature prominently in musicals, films, and TV series that discuss her husband. She has been portrayed by actresses like Laura Linney.

 13 Martha Washington

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Birthdate: June 2, 1731
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chestnut Grove, New Kent County, Colony of Virginia
Died: May 22, 1802

Martha Washington became the inaugural First Lady of the United States when her husband George Washington took office as the first President of the United States in 1789. She was the daughter of a wealthy man and was first married to Daniel Parke Custis, with whom she had four children. Following Custis’ death, she married George Washington.

 14 Betty Ford

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 8, 2011

Betty Ford served as the First Lady of the US from 1974 to 1977. One of the most popular First Ladies in history, Ford was a passionate supporter of abortion rights and worked towards raising breast cancer awareness. She commented on topics like sex, drugs, abortion, and equal pay. In 1991, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 15 Pat Nixon

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Famous As: Wife of Former US President Richard Nixon
Birthdate: March 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ely, Nevada, United States
Died: June 22, 1993

Pat Nixon was an American educator who served as the First Lady of the US from 1969 to 1974 during which she promoted several charitable causes. She is also one of the most traveled First Lady in the history of the United States, accompanying her husband Richard Nixon on his trips to the Soviet Union and China among other countries.

 16 Mamie Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower.
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: November 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boone, Iowa, United States
Died: November 1, 1979

Mamie Eisenhower was the First Lady of the U.S. through her marriage to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Her love for elegant attires got her featured on the New York Dress Institute’s list of the best-dressed women. She gave rise to the Mamie Look and the Mami Pink shade.

 17 Dolley Madison

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Birthdate: May 20, 1768
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County
Died: July 12, 1849

 18 Frances Cleveland

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York
Died: October 29, 1947
Frances Cleveland became the youngest First Lady of the U.S., as the wife of President Grover Cleveland, at 21. Following the president’s death, she married Thomas J. Preston, Jr., becoming the first widow of a president to remarry. She opposed women’s suffrage and was part of the National Security League.

 19 Edith Roosevelt

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: August 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 30, 1948

 20 Bess Truman

Bess Truman
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: February 13, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Independence
Died: October 18, 1982

 21 Lou Henry Hoover

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Famous As: U.S. First Lady, Philanthropist
Birthdate: March 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Died: January 7, 1944

 22 Julia Grant

Julia Grant
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Famous As: U.S. First Lady
Birthdate: January 26, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: December 14, 1902

 23 Julia Tyler

Julia Tyler
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Famous As: Former First Lady of United States
Birthdate: May 4, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gardiner's Island, New York, US
Died: July 10, 1889

 24 Harriet Lane

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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: May 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 3, 1903

 25 Helen Herron Taft

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: June 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: May 22, 1943

 26 Sarah Childress Polk

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Famous As: U.S. First Lady
Birthdate: September 4, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 14, 1891

 27 Caroline Harrison

Caroline Harrison
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: October 1, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxford, Ohio
Died: October 25, 1892

 28 Eliza McCardle Johnson

Eliza Johnson
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Famous As: U.S. First Lady
Birthdate: October 4, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Telford, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 15, 1876

 29 Jane Pierce

Jane Pierce
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Famous As: First lady
Birthdate: March 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampton, New Hampshire, United States
Died: December 2, 1863

 30 Elizabeth Monroe

Elizabeth Monroe
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: June 30, 1768
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: September 23, 1830

 31 Letitia Christian Tyler

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Famous As: First lady
Birthdate: November 12, 1790
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cedar Grove, Virginia, US
Died: September 10, 1842

 32 Anna Harrison

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Famous As: Former First Lady of America
Birthdate: July 25, 1775
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morristown, Province of New Jersey
Died: February 25, 1864

 33 Abigail Fillmore

Abigail Fillmore.
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Famous As: First Lady of America
Birthdate: March 13, 1798
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saratoga County
Died: March 30, 1853

 34 Nell Arthur

Nell Arthur
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Famous As: Chester A. Arthur's wife
Birthdate: August 30, 1837
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Culpeper, Virginia, United States
Died: January 12, 1880