Often called “the first First Lady,” Dolley Madison defined the role of the President’s wife and hostess. With her behind-the-scenes influence on political policy and her expansion of the expected role of the First Lady, Dolley Madison was one woman among many who broke new ground in the White House. Browse this gallery of other first ladies.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
Richard Nixon faced impeachment but also ended the Vietnam War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
The six-part story of a frontiersman farmer and a wealthy Confederate slave-owner's daughter.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.