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Mel Judson
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List Rules Vote up the First Ladies you strongly suspect were smarter than the commanders in chief.

When they say behind every great man lies a great woman, it comes as no stretch to assume the smartest First Ladies of the United States outranked their husbands in terms of intelligence. Though they may not lead the country, the First Lady involves herself in politics, human welfare, and numerous other roles that require her intelligence as much as her poise. As the other half of the president, it stands to reason she too influences his decisions. With that in mind, which First Lady was the smartest? 

As First Lady of the United States, the President's wife constantly finds herself under public scrutiny. Although no official roles exist for First Ladies, many of the smartest First Ladies stepped up to take on all sorts of responsibilities including helping with political campaigns, managing the White House, and leading social causes. Some notable First Ladies include Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Jacqueline Kennedy. Some First Ladies even launched their own political careers, lending more credence to the idea that the smart wives of presidents may not outrank them in security clearance, but they definitely do in brains.

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Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Eleanor Roosevelt Died at 78 (1884-1962)

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Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Laura Bush age 70

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Dolley Madison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Dolley Madison Died at 81 (1768-1849)

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Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Abigail Adams Died at 74 (1744-1818)

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands

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Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Nancy Reagan age 95

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Died at 65 (1929-1994)

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Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Barbara Bush age 91

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Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Melania Trump age 46

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Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Betty Ford Died at 93 (1918-2011)

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Lady Bird Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Lady Bird Johnson Died at 95 (1912-2007)

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Pat Nixon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Pat Nixon Died at 81 (1912-1993)

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Louisa Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Louisa Adams Died at 77 (1775-1852)

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Rosalynn Carter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands

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Mamie Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Mamie Eisenhower Died at 83 (1896-1979)

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Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Edith Wilson Died at 85 (1896-1981)

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Martha Washington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Martha Washington Died at 71 (1731-1802)

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Rachel Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Rachel Jackson Died at 61 (1767-1828)

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Helen Herron Taft is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Helen Herron Taft Died at 82 (1861-1943)

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Edith Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Edith Roosevelt Died at 87 (1861-1948)

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Lou Henry Hoover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Lou Henry Hoover Died at 70 (1874-1944)

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Julia Tyler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands

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Julia Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Julia Grant Died at 76 (1826-1902)

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Bess Truman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Bess Truman Died at 97 (1885-1982)

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Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Edith Wilson Died at 89 (1872-1961)

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Frances Folsom Cleveland Prest... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston Died at 83 (1864-1947)

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Florence Harding is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Florence Harding Died at 64 (1860-1924)

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Lucy Hayes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands

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Ida Saxton McKinley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Ida Saxton McKinley Died at 60 (1847-1907)

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Sarah Childress Polk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Sarah Childress Polk Died at 88 (1803-1891)

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Grace Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Grace Coolidge Died at 78 (1879-1957)

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Elizabeth Monroe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands

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Anna Harrison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Anna Harrison Died at 89 (1775-1864)

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Hannah Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Hannah Van Buren Died at 36 (1783-1819)

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Ellen Wilson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Ellen Wilson age 39

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Caroline Harrison is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Caroline Harrison Died at 60 (1832-1892)

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Abigail Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Abigail Fillmore Died at 55 (1798-1853)

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Margaret Taylor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Margaret Taylor Died at 64 (1788-1852)

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Letitia Christian Tyler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Letitia Christian Tyler Died at 52 (1790-1842)

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Eliza McCardle Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Eliza McCardle Johnson Died at 66 (1810-1876)

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Mary Todd Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Mary Todd Lincoln Died at 64 (1818-1882)

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Jane Pierce is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands
Jane Pierce Died at 57 (1806-1863)