First Ladies Lucretia Garfield and Mary Arthur McElroy
This was the 13th episode in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.”
Carl Sferrazza Anthony talked about the life and influence of first ladies Lucretia Garfield and Mary Arthur McElroy and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Lucretia “Crete” Garfield was an educated woman who believed in the rights of women. The marriage was troubled for the first five years but they grew closer and she became very influential. After President Garfield was assassinated in the first year of his presidency she spent years ensuring his legacy by making their home an early version of a presidential library. Video clips from the house in Mentor, Ohio, were shown. The administration of President Arthur was greatly influenced by the memory of his wife, Ellen, who had died less than two years earlier. Video was shown of a memorial window in St. John’s Church. Eventually his sister Mary Arthur McElroy came to preside over the White House, with his young daughter.
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Carl Sferrazza Anthony Historian National First Ladies' Library
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