Monday, March 27, 2017

Following in the footsteps of So You Want to Be President?, this first book in a new series features fun, kid-friendly facts about America's FirstLadies and shows young readers just why they're such a big deal.

Did you know that Mary Todd Lincoln played a huge role in fighting to end slavery? Or that Edith Wilson decoded secret messages from our allies during World War I? Or that Michelle Obama has led a nationwide initiative to promote healthy lifestyles for children?

Or how about fun facts: Did you know that Grace Coolidge had a pet raccoon? Or that Dolley Madison loved oyster ice cream? (And would later have a brand of ice cream named after her!)

In addition to being hostesses, ambassadors, activists, educators, historians and role-models, each first lady put her own stamp on the White House and her husband's presidency. Filled with fun, kid-friendly facts that bring each First Lady to life on the page, this picture book written by a member of a former first lady's staff, shows us just how much our nation's first ladies have accomplished from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama.

Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you a few amazing facts about former First Lady,
 Edith Wilson.

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Edith Bolling Galt Wilson (October 15, 1872 – December 28, 1961)

  • Through her father, Edith was a direct descendant of Pocahontas. 
  • She was the second wife to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, and he was her second husband. Both of their first spouses had passed away. She was introduced to the president by his cousin and the two fell in love and married. 
  • Edith was First Lady of the United States from 1915-1921. She and Woodrow were married in December of 1915, during his first term as President. 
  • As First Lady during WWI, Edith followed the federal rationing effort to set an example. (Gasless Sunday, Meatless Monday, Wheatless Wednesday)
  • Edith let sheep graze on the White House lawn to save manpower in mowing it and auctioned their wool, with all proceeds join got the American Red Cross. 
  • She was the first person besides the POTUS to receive permanent full-time protection from Secret Services. 
  • When President Wilson suffered a stroke in 1919, Edith screened all matters of state and decided what was important enough for her sick husband to see. This made her de facto run the executive branch of government for her husband's entire second term in office. She was the first First lady to assume presidential responsibilities. 
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Join the blog tour and read about these amazing first ladies!

3/1 – In Random – Nancy Reagan
3/5 – Gravity Bread – Grace Coolidge
3/9 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Mary Todd Lincoln
3/13 – A Rup Life – Barbara Bush
3/15 – Novel Novice – Laura Bush
3/16 – Homeschool 4 Life – Abigail Adams
3/20 – Pray Species – Claudia Alta Johnson
3/21 – All Done Monkey – Dolley Madison
3/23 – YA Book Central – Michelle Obama
3/24 – Coquette Maman – Jackie Kennedy
3/25– Playground Parkbench – Melania Trump
3/26 – Crafty Moms Share – Eleanor Roosevelt
3/27 – Folded Pages Distillery – Edith Wilson
3/28 – Margie’s Must Reads – Hillary Clinton
3/29 – The Play Connection – Rose Carter



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