From shy and retiring homemakers to sophisticated party throwers and those whose political opinions mattered deeply to their presidential husbands, these are the 43 women who share the title of First Lady of the United States.
Each has taken a unique approach to a role that is left much for the woman herself to define. While current First Lady Michelle Obama and predecessors such as Jacqueline Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt have taken on roles very much in the public domain, others have shied away.
Abigail Fillmore, wife of President Millard spent her days hidden away in the White House Library arranging the collection while President John Tyler's wife Letitia was so shy she spent her time focused on domestic duties.
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