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List Rules Only former First Ladies of the United States. Vote based on their entire time serving the country.

The most loved First Ladies in the history of the US are also some of the most respected and most powerful women in the world. They may have first become known for being married to the President of the United States, but many of these most respected First Ladies of the US carved out their own place in American society and gained the respect of the American public through their political and charitable efforts to the point where many of them became First Ladies who overshadowed their husbands.

Who was the best First Lady? Some of these famous First Ladies are known for their involvement in their husband's presidency (Hillary Rodham Clinton), others are popular for their humanitarian efforts (Eleanor Roosevelt), and some for their commitment to American citizens (Michelle Obama). Regardless of why, these First Ladies of the US are all near and dear to the hearts of American citizens (sometimes more than their President husbands) and have ranked among some of the most well-known citizens in the US.

Who is the most loved First Lady in the US? Who are the top First Ladies in the history of the US? What qualities does the most loved First Lady possess? These are some of the questions this list of the most loved First Ladies hopes to answer. Make sure to vote up the best First Ladies so they can make it to the #1 spot on this list of the most loved first ladies in US history. These women are the most influential First Ladies in American history and deserve your consideration!
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1
8,261 2,060
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 65 (1929-1994)

2
6,288 1,702
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 78 (1884-1962)

3
3,717 1,847
Martha Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 71 (1731-1802)

4
8,815 5,467
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies

5
5,452 3,001
Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 94 (1921-2016)

6
3,597 2,106
Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 93 (1918-2011)

7
5,554 2,783
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
age 71

8
4,411 2,153
Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
bojanthebest added Died at 92 (1925-2018)

9
3,072 1,577
Dolley Madison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 81 (1768-1849)

10
2,568 1,226
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 74 (1744-1818)

11
2,371 1,409
Mamie Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 83 (1896-1979)

12
2,616 1,554
Lady Bird Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 95 (1912-2007)

13
2,567 1,561
Rosalynn Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies

14
1,803 1,252
Bess Truman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 97 (1885-1982)

15
1,848 1,116
Edith Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 87 (1861-1948)

16
2,140 1,436
Mary Todd Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 64 (1818-1882)

17
3,366 5,117
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies

18
1,714 1,773
Pat Nixon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 81 (1912-1993)

19
1,596 1,057
Martha Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies

20
1,269 946
Louisa Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 77 (1775-1852)

21
1,064 1,048
Elizabeth Monroe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 62 (1768-1830)

22
928 959
Julia Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 76 (1826-1902)

23
1,054 1,084
Grace Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 78 (1879-1957)

24
855 967
Lou Henry Hoover is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 70 (1874-1944)

25
841 838
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 85 (1896-1981)

26
799 883
Sarah Childress Polk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 88 (1803-1891)

27
890 945
Rachel Jackson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 61 (1767-1828)

28
744 897
Ellen Wilson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
age 42

29
705 883
Hannah Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 36 (1783-1819)

30
708 845
Lucy Hayes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies

31
636 824
Julia Gardiner Tyler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 69 (1820-1889)

32
515 573
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 89 (1872-1961)

33
686 836
Helen Herron Taft is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 82 (1861-1943)

34
657 777
Ida Saxton McKinley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 60 (1847-1907)

35
630 848
Abigail Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 55 (1798-1853)

36
588 836
Anna Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 89 (1775-1864)

37
590 828
Florence Harding is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 64 (1860-1924)

38
551 773
Letitia Christian Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 52 (1790-1842)

39
554 782
Caroline Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 60 (1832-1892)

40
526 773
Jane Pierce is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 57 (1806-1863)

41
564 688
Frances Folsom Cleveland Prest... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
JJWozniak added Died at 83 (1864-1947)

42
526 820
Margaret Taylor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 64 (1788-1852)

43
486 729
Eliza McCardle Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Loved American First Ladies
Died at 66 (1810-1876)