The term "First Lady" has been used to refer to the wives of the presidents fo the United States since the Civil War Era. But what kind of people were the First Ladies? They were athletic and no-nonsense, like Bess Truman; sophisticated, like Jacqueline Kennedy, and pioneers, like Anna Harrison. They were lawyers, like Hillary Rodham Clinton, school librarians, like Laura Bush, and independent thinkers, like Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt.
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