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Why the wife of President of any country is called the 1st lady ?

Asked by ARUNKUMAR KARUA, 19 Nov '08 04:43 pm
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President is the first citizen of a country therefore she will be 1st lady
Answered by ramyata, 19 Nov '08 04:43 pm

 
  
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What will you call to the husband of the President? 1st Husband.
Manily it is to show priority.
Answered by Ratan Sonu, 19 Nov '08 04:52 pm

 
  
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The earliest uses of first lady were in various phrases describing an important or prominent woman. Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan, lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette, was called "first lady of the bed-chamber," and I'm sure she had some interesting secrets. There were also such titles as "first lady of honor" and "first lady of the Admiralty." The even more grandiose title "first lady in (of) the land" dates to 1834, and was used by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1851: "She was so beautiful and so good, and not proud she! though she looked like the first lady in the land."

As for titles of presidents' wives, Martha Washington preferred Lady Washington; Abigail Adams, Mrs. President; Dolley Madison, Queen Dolley; Julia Tyler, Mrs. Presidentress; and Mary Todd Lincoln, Mrs. President Lincoln.

The earliest use of first lady (or First Lady) to refer to a president's wife was when President Zachary Taylor eulogized Dolley Madis ...more
Answered by PARTHA PATHAK, 19 Nov '08 04:51 pm

 
  
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It is wrong to call her that way, if u ask me. Suppose she is his second wife, will it not be embarassing ?
Answered by SRINIVASAN N, 19 Nov '08 04:44 pm

 
  
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Because President is called as first Citizen
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 19 Nov '08 04:44 pm

 
  
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What else you suggest?
Answered by bhupinder, 19 Nov '08 04:43 pm

 
  
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