Over the years, the position of the first lady has been occupied by a variety of personalities. Some of these women used their position to advocate for specific issues, while others stayed in the background. A few first ladies even played an essential role in their husband's administration, working beside the president to help establish policies.
As a result, the role of the first lady has developed over the years. Each first lady that appears in this list used their position and influence to institute developments in our nation.
1. Dolley Madison
Born Dolley Payne Todd, Dolley Madison was 17 years younger than her husband, James Madison. She was one of the most well-loved first ladies. After working as Thomas Jefferson's White House hostess after his wife died, Madison became the first lady when her husband won the presidency. She was active in organizing weekly social events and entertaining dignitaries and society.
During the War of 1812 as the British were bearing down on Washington, Dolley Madison knew the significance of the national treasures in the White House and refused to leave without saving as much as she could. Through her endeavors, many items were saved that would have most probably been destroyed when the British captured and burned the White House.