Harriet Lane, America's First Lady

Harriet Lane, America's First Lady

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by Milton Stern
     
 

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She was the niece of America's Bachelor President and his official hostess in Lancaster, London and Washington. Anyone who met her was instantly enamored. Queen Victoria bestowed upon her the title "Honorary Ambassadress." The Washington press corps proclaimed her "Our Democratic Queen." She was the first White House Hostess to be called "First Lady." Ships were named

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She was the niece of America's Bachelor President and his official hostess in Lancaster, London and Washington. Anyone who met her was instantly enamored. Queen Victoria bestowed upon her the title "Honorary Ambassadress." The Washington press corps proclaimed her "Our Democratic Queen." She was the first White House Hostess to be called "First Lady." Ships were named after her. Songs were written about her. Women dressed like her. She was the most admired woman in the country and established a style of entertaining never before seen in the White House. And only she could get away with beating the Prince of Wales at bowling! Her life was marked by tragedy, yet she lived every day to the fullest. Her legacy lives on in Baltimore and Washington through a pediatric hospital, a school for boys, a museum of art, and a monument to James Buchanan. Thanks to her beauty, charm, and generosity of spirit, America's First Lady will always be Harriet Lane.

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We look forward to including Harriet Lane, America's First Lady in our library collection. It is a unique addition to the reference material available to employees and scholars. Our staff is always interested in learning about Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and its Regents and Vice-Regents. Lily Macalester's friendship with Harriet Lane will certainly be of interest to them, as will Harriet Lane's consideration of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in her will. ... Congratulations on concluding this most noteworthy project! ... We wish you much success with your future endeavors.
The George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Library Staff

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411626089
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
02/27/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
937,078
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

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Harriet Lane, America's First Lady 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I loved the way Mr. Stern writes, and he paints a vivid, colorful portrait of Harriet Lane. Kudos on a wonderful story of a marvelous woman. I bought five of them as gifts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stern's ¿Harriet Lane, America's First Lady¿ is entertaining as it is informative ¿ a fun, pithy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A delightful read. A scholarly work that reads like a novel and has plenty of footnotes for the more advanced study of American presidential history. A long overdue account of the life and times of Harriet Lane, the niece of America's only Bachelor President, James Buchanan. Stern also brings to light the very likely fact that Buchanan had a decades long homosexual relationship with Senator William Rufus Devane King. The Jackie Kennedy of antebellum America, Harriet Lane¿s role as lady of the house, hostess, and escort of James Buchanan enabled him to entertain as Senator, Ambassador, and President of the United States. A sexy, athletic and cultured woman, adored by high society, and an outspoken supporter of the poor, sick, and enslaved, Harriet Lane was a real doer in philanthropy. ¿Harriet Lane, America¿s First Lady¿ is a must read for anyone interested in American women's history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great read, and an important book. Through detailed research, Mr. Stern has brought Ms. Lane back to life, and in so doing, he has preserved the memory of an important figure in our nation's history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so admire Harriet Lane as her contemporaries did. She was an amazing figure in American history, and we should be grateful for all the good causes she advocated. The author, Milton Stern, writes in a style that makes it difficult to put the book down even for a minute. He really enabled me to feel that I knew Harriet Lane, and his telling of her return to Washington Society later in life made me cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author tells the story of Miss Harriet Lane in an engaging style that mixes entertaining narrative with the story of her life. In addition, whenever anyone enters Lane's life, he relates a complete background on that individual so that you walk away with a feeling that you know everyone in the book. I enjoyed this book and learned so much about a woman who was so admired in her time and left a legacy for all of us to enjoy.