Grace Hopper was born on December 9, 1906 in New York City. At a very young age she showed an interest in engineering, often taking apart household goods and putting them back together. She was named a distinguished fellow of the British Computer Society, then the first person from the U.S. and first woman from any country to hold the title.
Mary Todd Lincoln would become First Lady as the wife of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Their relationship, based on mutual interest in politics, turned from friendship to courtship. On November 4, 1842, a plain gold wedding band was placed on Mary's finger with the inscription "Love Is Eternal."
Deborah Read was born about 1707 to John Read, a British carpenter, and his wife Sarah White Read. It’s said that she received little formal education. Almost nothing else is known about her childhood.
Sarah Livingston Jay, wife of American Founding Father John Jay, was considered one of the first socialites in the United States. She was exposed to American politics at an early age.
Dolley Madison was born in a Quaker community in North Carolina on May 20, 1768 to John and Mary Coles Payne. She is often credited with saving the portrait of George Washington when the British attacked the Capitol in 1814 when 4,000 British troops began landing in Maryland during the War of 1812.