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MARY LINCOLN'S FLANNEL PAJAMAS AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE FIRST LADIES CLOSET

Various STORIES about First Ladies between Martha & Mamie, centering on some items of their clothing, whether it is a gown, or a pair of shoes, a hat or piece jewelry.  All stories are real stories; they are not a fiction.  The clothing is either factual, actual or metaphorical. 

These are some of the stories (all true) that have been told about some First Ladies you may have forgotten about - or never knew. The stories use an item of their clothing to propel the tale. It is history through the window – not the keyhole! 

You love their gowns at the Smithsonian; now you can love them better!



WHAT PEOPLE SAY:

"A delightful read. Hats off to author and presidential historian Feather Schwartz Foster!" -Karen L. Schnitzspahn, author of Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore and other books. 


"You'll never again think the same of first ladies." -Chip Bishop, author of Quentin and Flora and New York Times Bestseller The Lion and the Journalist


"Feather Schwartz Foster has always had a fun, easy and unique way of writing about this group of women that is so near and dear to my heart - The First Ladies of the United States of America. She has an amazing ability to dig up the most interesting and rarely heard stories, and tells them in her own way, which makes them endlessly enjoyable. This latest compilation of tales is no exception." -Andrew Och, The First Ladies Man, Author of Unusual For Their Time Contracted Producer for the C-SPAN series First Ladies: Influence and Image


 "A delightful read. Fashion has always made a statement and the first ladies' clothing reflects not only their tastes but the times they lived in. These short stories featuring specific items such as a hat or an apron, gowns or jewelry, are both amusing and enlightening. Hats off to author and presidential historian Feather Schwartz Foster!" ­ -Karen L. Schnitzspahn, author of Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore and other books. 




  • ...Did Mary Lincoln really wear flannel pajamas?

  • ...Why was Martha Washington's "dress" turned into a pincushion?

  • ...How did Julia Grant's hat show support for the Confederacy?

  • ...Did Edith Wilson really track mud onto the White House carpets?

These are some of the stories (all true) that have been told about some of the First Ladies you may have forgotten about - or never knew. The stories are either factual, actual or "metaphorical" using an item of their clothing to propel the tale.

You love their gowns at the Smithsonian; now you can love them better!
Great book for 
your book club!
PRESIDENTIAL DATES OF NOTE

"There are few contemporary chroniclers of America's first ladies more adept than Feather Schwartz Foster. Her ability to penetrate the obvious and predictable has made for some endearing and revealing profiles. How comes her latest, Mary Lincoln's Flannel Pajamas and other stories from the First Ladies' Closet, which takes the reader deep into the persona of the women who shared their husbands (and others) with history. It's a warm and insightful look behind the scenes. You'll never again think the same of first ladies." -Chip Bishop, author of Quentin and Flora and New York Times Bestseller The Lion and the Journalist. 


"I found the stories from the First Ladies' Closet fascinating and entertaining. Fashions pertaining to First Ladies are intriguing. These fun-loving stories of the world of fashion of First Ladies are insightful and are sure to make you smile!" -Farron W. Smith, Founder, Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation & Museum 


"Feather Schwartz Foster has written a unique and enjoyable book in which the personalities and demeanor of the First Ladies comes into sharp focus. Reading Foster's well-written and engaging stories about the clothing of presidential wives creates an intimate bond between the reader and these remarkable women, who lived at the center of American history. This book combines presidential and First Lady history with fashion and clothing choices, and in the process breathes new life and vibrancy into women who are sometimes forgotten or viewed as distant historical figures. And significantly, Foster's unique contribution to the literature of First Lady history also opens windows of insight into the lives of the presidents." -Mike Purdy, Presidential Historian and Author at www.PresidentialHistory.com


​POTUS BIRTHDAYS
(President of the United State) 
January ​7, 1800 Millard Fillmore
January ​9, 1913 Richard M Nixon
January ​29, 1843 William McKinley
January ​30, 1882 Franklin D Roosevelt

FLOTUS BIRTHDAYS
(First Lady of the United States)
January ​03, 1879 – Grace Coolidge
January ​26, 1926 – Julia Grant

PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
January ​01, 1824 – James and Sarah Polk
January ​06, 1759 – George and Martha Washington
January ​06, 1945 – George and Barbara Bush
January ​25, 1871 – William and Ida McKinley
POTUS 
(President of the United States)
February 6, 1911 Ronald Reagan
February 9, 1773 William H Harrison
February 12, 1809 Abraham Lincoln
February 22, 1732 George Washington

FLOTUS BIRTHDAYS
(First Lady of the United State) 
February 12, 1775 – Louisa Adams
February 13, 1885 – Bess Truman

PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

February 5, 1926 – Millard and Abigail Fillmore
February 10, 1899 – Herbert and Lou Hoover
February 6, 1786 – James and Elizabeth Monroe



POTUS BIRTHDAYS
(President of the United States)​

Hiram Ulysses Grant April 27, 1822
Thomas JeffersonApril 13, 1743
James BuchananApril 23,1758 
James MonroeApril 28, 1758

FLOTUS BIRTHDAYS
(First Lady of the United State) 

​Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Warren Ford April 8, 1918
Lucretia Garfield April 19, 1832​
Mary Harrison McKee April 3, 1858
Margaret Woodrow Wilson April 16, 1886​

PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

POTUS BIRTHDAYS
(President of the United States)​
May 8, 1884 Harry S. Truman
May 29, 1917 John F. Kenney​

FLOTUS BIRTHDAYS
(First Lady of the United State) 

 May 04, 1820 – Julia Tyler​
May 15, 1860 – Ellen Wilson
May 20, 1768 – Dolley Madison

PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

May 5, 1827 Andrew and Eliza Johnson


June 02, 1886 – Grover and Frances Cleveland
​June 19, 1886 – William and Nellie Taft
June 21, 1810 – Zachary and Margaret Taylor
June 21, 1940 – Richard and Pat Nixon
​June 24, 1886 – Woodrow and Ellen Wilson (1st marriage)
​June 26, 1844 – John and Julia Tyler (2nd marriage)
​June 28, 1919 – Harry and Bess Truman

​June 08, 1847 – Ida McKinley
June 08, 1924 – Barbara Bush
June 21, 1731 – Martha Washington
June 30, 1768 – Elizabeth Monroe
June 12, 1924 George Bush


POTUS BIRTHDAYS
July 4, 1872 Calvin Coolidge
July 11, 1767 John Quincy Adams
July 14, 1913 Gerald Ford

PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
July 01, 1916 – Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower
July 07, 1946 – Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter​
July 08, 1891 – Warren and Florence Harding​
July 26, 1797 – John Q. and Louisa Adams

FLOTUS BIRTHDAYS
(First Lady of the United States)​
July 06, 1861 – Edith Roosevelt​
July 15, 1860 – Florence Harding​
July 18, 1927 – Rosalynn Carter​
July 28, 1831 – Lucy Hayes​
July 06, 1921 – Nancy Reagan​
July 21,1864 – Frances Cleveland​
July 25, 1775 - Anna Harrison​
July 28, 1929 – Jacqueline Kennedy




POTUS BIRTHDAYS
August 10, 1874 Herbert Hoover
August 19, 1946 Bill Clinton
 August 20, 1833 Benjamin Harrison
August 27, 1908 Lyndon B Johnson

PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
August 22, 1848 – Ulysses and Julia Grant

FLOTUS BIRTHDAYS
(First Lady of the United States)​


POTUS BIRTHDAYS
September 15, 1857 William H Taft

PRESIDENTIAL ANNIVERSARIES
September 12, 1953 – John and Jacqueline Kennedy
September 15, 1794 – James and Dolley Madison

FLOTUS BIRTHDAYS
(First Lady of the United States)​
September 02, 1861 – Nellie Taft
September 04, 1803 – Sarah Polk
September 21, 1788 – Margaret Taylor