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January 21, 2013

Below is a list of five first ladies who served (among others) during my 60-year-old life span.

Few know that Rosalynn Carter's real first name was Eleanor. Most suspect that Mrs. Johnson wasn't really named Lady Bird, but don't know that her real name was Claudia. How many are aware that Pat Nixon's birth name was Thelma or that Betty Ford was born Elizabeth?

Mamie Eisenhower (Ike)
Eleanor Rosalynn Carter (Jimmy)
Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (Lyndon)
Thelma Catherine "Pat" Ryan Nixon (Richard)
Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren "Betty" Ford (Gerald)

Another bit of trivia: Did you know Dwight David Eisenhower was born David Dwight Eisenhower? Ike preferred Dwight to David and had his name changed, according to one source. Another claims the change was his mother's idea to avoid confusion with his father, David Jacob Eisenhower.

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