Where’d They Go to School?™ — U. S. First Ladies

american flagIn our first Where’d They Go To School? list, we reported on where the Presidents of the United States were educated. It wasn’t long after that we began to wonder where the nation’s First Ladies studied.

Twenty-two First Ladies had some level of formal education. Are any of the schools they attended on your list of schools to visit?

  1. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington:  None.
  2. Abigail Smith Adams:  None.
  3. Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson:  None.
  4. Dolley Payne Todd Madison:  None.
  5. Elizabeth Kortright Monroe:  None.
  6. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams:  None.
  7. Rachel Donelson Jackson:  None.
  8. Hannah Hoes Van Buren:  None.
  9. Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison:  None.
  10. Letitia Christian Tyler:  None.  2nd Mrs. Tyler: Julia Gardiner Tyler:  None.
  11. Sarah Childress Polk:  Salem Academy (Salem College)
  12. Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor:  None.
  13. Abigail Powers Fillmore:  None.
  14. Jane Means Appleton Pierce:  None.
  15. Harriet Lane:  Convent and Academy of the Visitation (renamed Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School)
  16. Mary Todd Lincoln:  None.
  17. Eliza McCardle Johnson:  None.
  18. Julia Dent Grant:  None.
  19. Lucy Ware Webb Hayes:   (Wesleyan Female College) Wesleyan College
  20. Lucretia Rudolph Garfield:   (Western Reserve Eclectic Institute) Hiram College
  21. Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur:  None
  22. Frances Folsom Cleveland:  Miami University, Oxford, OH)
  23. Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison:   Oxford Female Institute (now Miami University, Oxford, OH)
  24. Ida Saxton McKinley:  None.
  25. Edith Kermit Cardow Roosevelt:  None.
  26. Helen Herron Taft:  None.
  27. Ellen Axson Wilson:  None.
  28. Edith Bolling Galt Wilson:   Martha Washington College (merged into) Emory & Henry College
  29. Florence Kling Harding:  Cincinnati Conservatory
  30. Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge:  University of Vermont
  31. Lou Henry Hoover:  Standford
  32. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt:  The New School
  33. Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman:  None.
  34. Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower:  Finishing School.
  35. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy:  Vassar College, Sorbonne, George Washington Unviersity
  36. Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson:  University of Texas
  37. Patricia Ryan Nixon:  University of Southern California
  38. Elizabeth Bloomer Ford:  Bennington College
  39. Rosalynn Smith Carter:  Georgia Southwestern College
  40. Nancy Davis Reagan:  Smith College
  41. Barbara Pierce Bush:  Smith College
  42. Hillary Rodham Clinton:  Wellesley College, Yale Law School
  43. Laura Lane Welch Bush:  Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Austin
  44. Michelle Obama:  Princeton University, Harvard Law School

The information published here has been verified and updated on 05/20/10, using a variety of web sites in addition to the First Ladies White House informational site. “Where’d They Go to School” is a series appearing on SmartCollegeVisit.com.

Z. Kelly Queijo

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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