The First Lady of Gerald Ford

Portrait of Betty Ford

With a household nickname Betty, Elizabeth Anne Bloomer was born on April 8, 1918, in Chicago, Illinois, to William Bloomer Sr. and Hortense Neahr. Betty was the only daughter of William Bloomer Sr. and Hortense Neahr. Her father worked for the Royal Rubber Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and her mother came … Read more

First Lady of John F. Kennedy

Portrait of Jackie Kennedy

On July 28, 1929, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was born in Southampton, New York. Her father, John Bouvier, was a successful New York stockbroker of French Catholic ancestry, and her mother, Janet, was a talented equestrienne of Irish Catholic ancestry. Jackie was a bright, curious, and naughty girl. “A lovely child, the … Read more