In Case You Missed It, Part Two...
Historical Moment: At our September meeting, our members were given a fascinating historical quiz about several of our nation's First Ladies. Test your knowledge and see how high you score on this!
Q: Who was the first of the First Ladies to hold a job after marriage?
A: Abigail Powers Fillmore. She was a teacher.
Q: Who was the first wife of a president to wear pants in public?
A: Patricia Nixon.
Q: Shy, awkward and withdrawn as a child, who established herself as an involved and relevant First Lady and the first to hold press conferences?
A: Eleanor Roosevelt. She also wrote a daily newspaper column, a monthly magazine column and hosted a weekly radio show. Eleanor also refused Secret Service protection and had her own personal pistol (and permit, of course!). She also held press conferences exclusively for female voters.
Q: What habit of Mrs. Taft's was she most afraid the press would discover, believing that it could possibly ruin her husband's chance of winning the presidency?
A: She loved to play poker. While Nellie Taft did smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, she was most terrified of her gambling being revealed.
Q: Which First Lady saved the famous portrait of George Washington from the White House before it was ransacked and set on fire by British soldiers?
A: Dolley Madison. She was the wife of the fourth President, James Madison.
She was also the first woman to actually be referred to as the "First Lady."
Q: Who was the first American First Lady who could have voted for her husband for president?
A: Florence Harding, wife of Warren Harding. The 19th Amendment providing for women's suffrage became part of the Constitution in August 1920. Harding was elected the following November.
Q: What was Martha Washington's maiden name?
Q: Which First Lady was the first to live in the White House?
A: Abigail Adams.