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PostSubject: Re: The Depository   Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:11 pm

Year First Spouse Release Coin ScheduleFirst Spouse Years Served
2007 1 Martha Washington 1789–1797
2 Abigail Adams 1797–1801
3 Thomas Jefferson's Liberty 1801–1809
4 Dolley Madison 1809–1817
2008 5 Elizabeth Monroe 1817–1825
6 Louisa Adams 1825–1829
7 Andrew Jackson's Liberty 1829–1837
8 Martin Van Buren's Liberty 1837–1841
2009 9 Anna Harrison 1841
10 Letitia Tyler
Julia Tyler
1841–1842
1844–1845
11 Sarah Polk 1845–1849
12 Margaret Taylor 1849–1850
2010 13 Abigail Fillmore 1850–1853
14 Jane Pierce 1853–1857
15 James Buchanan's Liberty 1857–1861
16 Mary Lincoln 1861–1865
2011 17 Eliza Johnson 1865–1869
18 Julia S. Grant 1869–1877
19 Lucy Hayes 1877–1881
20 Lucretia Garfield 1881
2012 21 Alice Paul 1881–1885
22 Frances Cleveland 1885–1889
23 Caroline Harrison 1889–1893
24 Frances Cleveland 1893–1897
2013 25 Ida McKinley 1897–1901
26 Edith Roosevelt 1901–1909
27 Helen Taft 1909–1913
28 Ellen Wilson
Edith Wilson
1913–1914
1915–1921
2014 29 Florence Harding 1921–1923
30 Grace Coolidge 1923–1929
31 Lou Hoover 1929–1933
32 Anna Eleanor Roosevelt 1933–1945
2015 33 Elizabeth Truman 1945–1953
34 Mamie Eisenhower 1953–1961
35 Jaqueline Kennedy 1961–1963
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PostSubject: Re: The Depository   Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:15 pm

First Spouse Coins Released in 2007

Martha Washington

Born Martha Dandridge on June 2, 1731, the future first First Lady of the United States married Daniel Parke Custis when she was 18 years old. Martha had two children when her first husband died in 1757.
She married George Washington two years later. For most of the next 40 years, Martha Washington comfortably filled her role as wife of a soldier and statesman.
She and her husband retired from public life at the end of his second term as President. They lived out their lives at Mount Vernon, not far from the capital city that would soon bear their family name.
The back of the Martha Washington gold coin shows the future First Lady sewing a button onto her husband's uniform jacket. During the Revolutionary War, the colonial soldiers appreciated her concern for them, which she showed in many ways.
She set up sick wards for the soldiers. She had the ladies of Morristown roll bandages from their fine napkins and tablecloths. She had the ladies mend uniforms and knit shirts for the men. She even visited the camps of the Continental Army, an example to other officers' wives and an encouragement to the tired, cold, and hungry troops.

Abigail Smith

was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1744. Like most women of that time, Abigail had no formal education. But she was bright and curious, and her family encouraged her to use the family's library.
She married John Adams, a young Harvard-educated attorney, in 1764. While they lived in Braintree, Massachusetts, he built a successful law practice.
As the wife of the first United States Minister to Great Britain, she joined him in Europe in 1784. After James became President, they were the first couple to live in the White House, in 1800. Early the next year, Abigail returned to Braintree, where she lived until her death in 1818.
Because John Adams worked hard toward the colonies' independence, he and Abigail were often separated for long periods of time. She stayed in Massachusetts while he worked in Philadelphia. The coin's image shows Abigail writing one of her many letters to her husband.
Adams said that Abigail had as much political wisdom as any of his fellow leaders. He valued her advice as well as her affection and friendship. In one of her now-famous letters, Abigail asked her husband to "remember the ladies" as he helped to set up the new Republic.


Jefferson's Liberty Coin
The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 provides a way to keep the First Spouse Program going when a president served without a spouse. Thomas Jefferson is such a president. Jefferson had been a widower for 19 years when he took the office of the Presidency in 1801.
As the Act provides, the front of the First Spouse coin for Jefferson's term features an image of Liberty used on the Draped Bust half cent. This coin was made from 1800 to 1808, during his time in office.
Thomas Jefferson is well-known for is ability to write. Before he died, he named exactly which of his achievements he wanted engraved on the marker of his final resting place.
That resting place is on the grounds of Monticello, his Virginia estate. His monument, shown on the coin behind his chosen words, lists "Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia."

Dolley Payne

was born in North Carolina in 1768, though the family moved back to their former home in Virginia when she was still an infant. Raised in Philadelphia as a Quaker, she is remembered as one of the most charming and entertaining First Ladies of her time.
Dolley was a widow when she met Representative James Madison, co-author of the Federalist Essays and often called the "Father of the Constitution." The couple was married in 1794, and during her time in Washington, DC, while her husband served as Secretary of State, Dolley sometimes served as hostess in President Thomas Jefferson's White House. Naturally, she also served as First Lady during her husband's Presidency.
The image of Dolley Madison standing before a large painting of George Washington holding some papers refers to an act of bravery and quick thinking during the War of 1812.
In August of 1814, Dolley Madison was forced to flee the White House because British forces were attacking the city. She had to stop in the middle of preparing a dinner for the President and some of his troops. Before she left, she gathered important papers and the large portrait of George Washington by artist Gilbert Stuart, which was hanging in the State Dining Room at the time.
The dinner was enjoyed by British soldiers just before they set the White House ablaze. Most of the inside of the mansion was destroyed in the fire. But thanks to Dolley Madison's heroic efforts, White House visitors can still enjoy the magnificent portrait of our first President, which hangs in the White House once again.
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