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    "first" lady?

    why the wife of a president is called "first" lady? first of what?
    if it is a female president, then do we call the husband of the president as "first husband"?

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    Re: "first" lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    why the wife of a president is called "first" lady? first of what?
    if it is a female president, then do we call the husband of the president as "first husband"?
    Yes, there is some logic in what you write. I don't know how we can call President's husband. Not "first husband" of course. Maybe "First Mister"

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    Re: "first" lady?

    The term "first lady" was coined by President Zachary Taylor in 1849 when he was eulogizing Dolley Madison. The late wife of President James Madison was well-known as a gracious and elegant hostess at the White House for both the widowed Thomas Jefferson during his administration and then for her own husband. Taylor stated: "She will never be forgotten, because she was truly our First Lady for a half-century." The term became part of the vernacular after playwright Charles Nirdlinger wrote a comedy about Dolley Madison in 1911 called "The First Lady in the Land."

    As for the husband of a female president, that's probably still quite far in the future, but current speculation says that he might be referred to as the First Gentleman.


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    Hi,
    Do you think Bill has no chances, Ouisch?
    What abt Gloria Arroyo?... If my memory doesn't fail me she has the highest post; then her husband is the First Gentleman. I am not sure she's married, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Do you think Bill has no chances, Ouisch?
    What abt Gloria Arroyo?... If my memory doesn't fail me she has the highest post; then her husband is the First Gentleman. I am not sure she's married, though.

    Gloria Arroyo is the president of the Philippines. I'm not familiar with Filipino politics, so I don't know what terminology they use for presidential spouses.

    I'm not sure who you mean by "Bill."

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    Re: "first" lady?

    Probably Bill Clinton

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    Re: "first" lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Do you think Bill has no chances, Ouisch?
    What abt Gloria Arroyo?... If my memory doesn't fail me she has the highest post; then her husband is the First Gentleman. I am not sure she's married, though.
    She is, a`ccording to Wikipedia, and her hubbie's the First gentlemen, though the haven't capitalised it:

    In August 2003, Jose Miguel Arroyo, the presidents's husband and first gentleman, was accused of corruption by the political opposition.
    Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Re: "first" lady?

    Thank you, Tdol. And it looks like there should be no article -First Lady/Gentleman.

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    Re: "first" lady?

    I think that would depend- alone, I'd use the article, but before the name I wouldn't.

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