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Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Former U.S. First Ladies

As much as we admire and respect the previous presidents of the United States, they don't even hold a candle to their amazing wives. With their intelligence, wit, style, and independence, this amazing list of first ladies went above and beyond to make a difference and inspire people.

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They proved that there's much more to the title than just standing at the president's side — and judging by these little-known facts, their lives were pretty interesting outside of the White House!

Watch the video below to see the most surprising facts about U.S. first ladies.


One of the most legendary and outspoken first ladies was Eleanor Roosevelt, who actively fought for civil and women's rights. She held press conferences, hosted radio shows, wrote her own newspaper column, and was bold enough to openly disagree with some of her husband's policies. But most of all, she was admired for her humanitarian work — and because of her achievements, former U.S. President Harry Truman actually called her the "First Lady of the World." Talk about inspiring!

Another favorite of ours was none other than the fashionable Jackie Kennedy. Known for her restoration of the White House, the former first lady had a strong passion for arts and culture. But you know what's also intriguing? The fact that she almost married someone else before she met former President John F. Kennedy!

When Jackie was just 22, she was engaged to John Husted, a Yale graduate, World War II veteran and Wall Street banker. However, she started to have doubts and didn't like the idea of becoming a housewife, so she called the whole thing off in 1952. But get this — just a few months later, she started dating her future husband, John (who was a U.S. congressman at the time). We bet she never thought that she'd eventually become the first lady of the country!

Make sure to watch the video for interesting facts about the former U.S. first ladies!