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  • This is a hand-drawn sketch of Benjamin Harrison McKee, affectionately known as "Baby McKee." The drawing was done by Baby McKee's grandmother, First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison. Mrs. Harrison did not sketch often, but her grandson was the subject of some of her sketches. Mrs. Harrison captioned this sketch "Purity in the President's Chair."
    Keywords: drawing, chair, First Family
    Last Modified: 7/13/2017
    File name: 1113287.tif
  • This wood engraving depicts President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane, his niece who served as White House hostess, inspecting gifts given to the United States by the Japanese delegation in the spring of 1860. This was the first visit to the United States by Japanese diplomats. The visit was a response to the 1852-1854 expedition to Japan by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry that resulted in an open trade treaty between the two nations. Some of the gifts visible in the engraving are katanas, saddles, and fabric. The caption at the bottom of the image is in German.
    Keywords: First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 2037.tif
  • This photograph is of Harriet Lane, who was the niece and ward of President James Buchanan. After she finished her boarding school education, she began accompanying Buchanan to formal events. When Buchanan was elected president, Lane assumed the role of White House hostess and was popular with the American public. She married Elliot Johnston in 1866. In 1903, Lane donated her private art collection to the National Art Gallery which later became part of the Smithsonian Institution. As a result she was given the nickname "first lady of the National Collection of Fine Arts."
    Keywords: First Family, portrait
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 1153.tif
  • This engraving of First Lady Jane Means Appleton Pierce was completed by John Chester Buttre in 1886. As the daughter of a Congregationalist minister, Mrs. Pierce discouraged her husband's political ambitions, fainting at the news he was selected as the Democratic nominee for president. During her husband's years in office from March 4, 1853 to March 4, 1857, Mrs. Pierce had to exert herself to meet the social obligations of a first lady. A devout woman, she suffered heavily from the deaths of all three of her children including her son Benjamin, who was killed in a train accident just prior to his father's inauguration.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 6204.tif
  • This 2011 oil on canvas painting by Peter Waddell depicts President James Buchanan with his niece, and White House hostess, Harriet Lane greeting three Japanese visitors to the White House. The Japanese diplomats arrived in the United States in the spring of 1860. The visit was a response to the 1852-1854 expedition to Japan by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry that resulted in an open trade treaty between the two nations.
    Keywords: delegation, White House Guests, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 9388.tif
  • This reproduction is of a portrait of First Lady Dolley Payne Todd Madison painted by Bass Otis in the mid-19th century. Dolley Madison served as first lady during her husband's tenure as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3824.tif
  • This undated daguerreotype is of First Lady Abigail Powers Fillmore. Her husband, President Millard Fillmore, served as vice president under President Zachary Taylor until Taylor's sudden death while in office in 1850. Fillmore served as the thirteenth president from July 10, 1850 until March 4, 1853. Mrs. Fillmore was the first First Lady who continued to hold a job after marriage, as a teacher. Mrs. Fillmore highly valued education throughout her life. As first lady, she delegated many of her social duties to her daughter Mary due to chronic poor health. She also promoted the creation of a White House library, located in what is now the Yellow Oval Room on the Second Floor residence of the Executive Mansion.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 164.tif
  • This portrait of Dolley Madison, titled "Mrs. James Madison," is from a series of tobacco cards produced by the Consolidated Cigar Company between 1889 and 1893. First Lady Dolley Madison was a popular White House hostess while her husband, President James Madison, served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 1113239.tif
  • This engraving is of First Lady Abigail Adams and was copyrighted by the Bureau of National Literature and Art in 1903. The engraving displays Mrs. Adams in a dress and bonnet facing right. She was first lady while her husband John Adams served as president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. Their family was the first to live in the White House, which was ready for occupancy in 1800, toward the end of his term in office.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 126.tif
  • This photograph is of Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore and was taken by J. T. Upson in 1864. Caroline was the second wife of President Millard Fillmore. They were married in February 1858, nearly five years after the end of his term in office and the death of his first wife, First Lady Abigail Powers Fillmore, in March 1853.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 1149.tif
  • This watercolor, entitled "Abigail Adams arriving at the White House," was created by Louis S. Glanzman around 1970. Glanzman used pen and ink to complement the underlying watercolors. In this image, First Lady Abigail Adams is greeted by her husband, President John Adams. President John Adams's family was the first to live in the White House, which was ready for occupancy in 1800, toward the end of his term in office.
    Keywords: First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 1739.tif
  • This portrait of Sarah Yorke Jackson was completed by Mayna Treanor Avent circa 1921, after a Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl portrait from circa 1833. Sarah Yorke Jackson was the wife of Andrew Jackson Jr., who was the adopted son of President Andrew Jackson. Sarah filled the role of White House hostess during the last months of the Jackson administration after the death of Emily Tennessee Donelson, wife of President Jackson's orphaned nephew Andrew Jackson Donelson. President Jackson and his wife, the late Rachel Jackson, served as guardians for Andrew Jackson Donelson and his siblings. Rachel never fulfilled the duties of first lady as she passed away just three months before President Jackson took office. Emily Tennessee Donelson and Sarah Yorke Jackson stepped in to fill that role and serve as White House hostess during his eight year administration.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3735.tif
  • This oil on canvas portrait, completed by an unknown artist in 1822, depicts President Zachary Taylor's mother, Sarah Dabney Strother Taylor. Sarah is pictured facing left with a lace bonnet. The Taylors were farm and plantation owners, moving from Virginia to Kentucky when the future president was an infant. Prior to being elected, President Taylor served in the United States Army. He fought in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and the Second Seminole War. His reputation as a war hero during the Mexican-American War helped propel him to the presidency.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3896.tif
  • This oil on canvas painting was created by Gordon Phillips in 1966. It depicts First Lady Abigail Adams and her granddaughter, Susanna, watching a servant hang laundry in the unfinished East Room. When President John Adams and his family moved into the White House in 1800, many of the rooms and hallways were incomplete. The East Room could not be used as a place to host receptions, so Mrs. Adams used it to dry laundry. Susanna was the daughter of Charles Adams, the President and First Lady's second son and younger brother to future president John Quincy Adams.
    Keywords: First Family, East Room
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 127.tif
  • This 1970 oil on panel painting by artist Louis S. Glanzman shows President John Quincy Adams and First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams. This painting depicts Mrs. Adams winding silk while President Adams works at a table. President Adams and his father, President John Adams, were the first father and son elected president of the United States. The elder father served from 1797-1801 while the younger served from 1825-1829.
    Keywords: First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 553.tif
  • This illustration of First Lady Jane Means Appleton Pierce was created by the Consolidated Cigar Company. This portrait of Mrs. Pierce, along with several other first ladies, were featured on a series of tobacco cards printed by the company. The daughter of a Congregationalist minister, Mrs. Pierce discouraged her husband's political ambitions, fainting at the news he was selected as the Democratic nominee for president. During her husband's years in office from March 4, 1853 to March 4, 1857, Mrs. Pierce had to exert herself to meet the social obligations of a first lady. A devout woman, she suffered heavily from the deaths of all three of her children including her son Benjamin, who was killed in a train accident just prior to his father's inauguration.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 1113238.tif
  • This reproduction of a watercolor portrait is of First Lady Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison, published around 1910-1960. This portrait shows Mrs. Harrison, possibly in her mourning outfit, after the death of her husband, President William Henry Harrison. President Harrison died a month into his presidency, before Mrs. Harrison moved from their home in Ohio and into the White House.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 6203.tif
  • In this illustration, President John Quincy Adams dances with his new daughter-in-law, Mary Catherine Hellen, at his son's wedding on February 25, 1828. The groom, John Adams II, speaks with his mother, First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams, on the left, while Dr. William Hawley, the officiating clergyman and rector of nearby St. John's Episcopal Church, stands near the mirror on the right. The room is likely the Elliptical Saloon, today known as the Blue Room, one of the State Floor parlors.
    Keywords: First Family, wedding
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 2030.tif
  • This portrait photograph isof First Lady Ellen Wilson, President Woodrow Wilson's first wife. She was an accomplished artist and also dedicated her short time as first lady to improving housing in Washington D.C. slums. She died of Bright's Disease in 1914.
    Keywords: First Family, portrait
    Last Modified: 3/24/2017
    File name: 1113225.tif
  • This photograph is of Tricia Nixon with the 1970 Cherry Blossom Princesses on the South Portico of the White House. First Lady Pat Nixon, Tricia's mother, was caught in a traffic jam during the annual parade, commenting later, “I had my own parade and loved it. The Cherry Blossom Queen princesses waved and blew kisses. It was a treat.” Since 1912, the blooming cherry blossoms have signaled the arrival of springtime in Washington D.C. First Lady Helen Taft was responsible for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin and grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Many first ladies have continued to take an active role in the cherry blossom celebrations and in recent years have served as honorary chairs of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
    Keywords: First Family, Cherry Blossom Festival, flowers
    Last Modified: 3/24/2017
    File name: 1113234.jpg
  • This portrait by an unknown artist depicts Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright Monroe, daughter of President James Monroe and First Lady Elizabeth Monroe. Eliza was their first child, and this portrait may have been done during her father's tenure as United States Minister to France.
    Keywords: First Family, portrait
    Last Modified: 3/17/2017
    File name: 1113315.tif
  • This portrait is of Letitia Christian Tyler and was created sometime between 1830-1840 by an unknown artist. Mrs. Tyler was the first wife of President John Tyler. She died in 1842, a year into her husband's term in office.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/13/2017
    File name: 1113240.tif
  • This hand colored wooden engraving by illustrator Henry Ogden depicts the wedding of Ellen Wrenshall Grant to Algernon Sartoris on May 21, 1874 in the East Room of the White House. Ellen, more often referred to as Nellie, was President Ulysses S. Grant's only daughter. She was 18 at the time of her wedding to Sartoris, a well-to-do English singer. This engraving was published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper" on June 6, 1874.
    Keywords: First Family, wedding
    Last Modified: 3/9/2017
    File name: 291.tif
  • This photograph entitled "President Grant and Friends at his Cottage by the Sea" was taken by G. W. Pach of the Pach Brothers photograph studio. The cottage was located in Long Branch, New Jersey. Grant and his family often spent the summer vacationing at this home on the shore. The individuals in the photograph are identified as: President Ulysses S. Grant, First Lady Julia Dent Grant, and her father Frederick Dent in the front row. In the back row: M.G. Wilkins, Mrs. General Morris, Nebraska Senator Phineas Hitchcock, and Mr. A.P. Merrill.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/9/2017
    File name: 6417.tif
  • This photograph is of Ellen Wrenshall Grant, more commonly known as Nellie, the daughter of President Ulysses S. Grant. On May 21, 1874 she married Algernon Sartoris, a well-to-do English singer, in the East Room of the White House. Nellie was 18 at the time of her wedding.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/9/2017
    File name: 8893.tif