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First Lady Eliza Johnson

Source: The Library of Congress

Eliza McCardle Johnson was not a traditional First Lady. Ill with tuberculosis when her husband was inaugurated, Mrs. Johnson did not arrive in Washington, D.C., until two months later and then led a remarkably private life.  Leaving most of her ceremonial duties to her daughter, Martha, Mrs. Johnson was an important player in the Johnson White House, advising the President and steadfastly supporting him during the impeachment process. 

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