American First Ladies

The First Lady of the United States is the hostess of the White House. The role is usually, but (contrary to popular belief) not always, filled by the wife of the president; bachelor and widowed presidents have had daughters, sisters, nieces or friends as their first ladies. It is unknown what the protocol will be should a woman become president. (See also Presidents of the United States.)
NameYearsOther Names
Martha Washington1789-1797(Dandridge, Custis)
Abigail Adams1797-1801
Martha Jefferson Randolph1801-1809
Dolley Madison1809-1817
Elizabeth Monroe1817-1825(Kortright)
Louisa Adams1825-1829(Johnson)
Emily Donelson1829-1834
Sarah Jackson1834-1837(Yorke)
Angelica Van Buren1838-1841
Anna Harrison1841
Jane Harrison1841(Irwin)
Letitia Tyler1841-1842(Christian)
Priscilla Tyler1842-1844(Cooper)
Julia Tyler1844-1845(Gardiner)
Sarah Polk1845-1849(Childress)
Margaret Taylor1849-1850(Smith)
Abigail Fillmore1850-1853
Jane Pierce1853-1857
Harriet Lane1857-1861
Mary Todd Lincoln1861-1865
Eliza Johnson1865-1869(McCardle)
Julia Grant1869-1877
Lucy Ware Hayes1877-1881(Webb)
Lucretia Garfield1881(Rudolph)
Mary McElroy1881-1885(Arthur)
Rose Cleveland1885-1886
Frances Cleveland1886-1889; 1893-1897(Folsom, Preston)
Caroline Harrison1889-1892
Mary McKee1892-1893(Scott, Harrison)
Ida McKinley1897-1901(Saxton)
Edith Roosevelt1901-1909
Nellie Taft1909-1913(Herron)
Ellen Wilson1913-1914(Axson)
Margaret Woodrow Wilson1914-1915
Edith Wilson1915-1921(Bolling)
Florence Harding1921-1923
Grace Coolidge1923-1929
Lou Hoover1929-1933(Henry)
Eleanor Roosevelt1933-1945
Elizabeth Truman1945-1953
Mamie Eisenhower1953-1961(Doud)
Jackie Kennedy1961-1963(Bouvier, Onassis)
Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson1963-1969
Pat Nixon1969-1974(Ryan)
Betty Ford1974-1977
Rosalynn Carter1977-1981(Smith)
Nancy Reagan1981-1989(Davis, Robbins)
Barbara Bush1989-1993
Hillary Clinton1993-2001(Rodham)
Laura Bush2001-2009
Michelle Obama2009-2017(Robinson)
Melania Trump2017-2021(Knauss, Knavs)
Jill Biden2021-(Jacobs)