Illinois’ First Ladies

Photos courtesy of the Illinois State Historical Library
Special thanks to: Kathryn Harris, Director; Bridget Lamont, Director Illinois State Library; Valerie Wilford, Director, Alliance Library System, and Shawn Edwards, Alliance Library System.

NOTE: Access a larger version of the images by following the link over the images.

Achsah Bond
wife of Shadrack Bond, the first governor of Illinois, 1818-1822
Photo Not Available Sally Logan Roberts Coles
wife of Edward Coles, the second governor of Illinois, 1822-1826
(Sally and Edward married in 1833 after Edward’s term as governor)
Photo Not Available Elvira Lane Edwards
wife of Ninian Edwards, the third governor of Illinois, 1826-1830
Catherine Reynolds
wife John Reynolds, the fourth governor of Illinois, 1830-1834
Photo Not Available Caroline Berry Ewing
wife of William Lee Davidson Ewing, the fifth governor of Illinois, 1834
Photo Not Available Elizabeth Caldwell Smith Duncan
wife of Joseph Duncan, the sixth governor of Illinois, 1834-1838
Rebecca Huitt Carlin
wife of Thomas Carlin, the seventh governor of Illinois, 1838-1842
Frances Hambaugh Ford
wife of Thomas Ford, the eighth governor of Illinois, 1842-1846
Lucy Southwick French
wife of Augustus C. French, the ninth governor of Illinois, 1846-1853
Mary Fish Matteson
wife of Joel Aldrich Matteson, the tenth governor of Illinois, 1853-1857
Photo Not Available Emily Susan Jones Bissell
wife of William Harrison Bissell, the eleventh governor of Illinois, 1857-1860
Photo Not Available Ann Streeter Wood
wife of John Wood, the twelfth governor of Illinois, 1860-1861
Catherine Geers Yates
wife of Richard Yates, the thirteenth governor of Illinois, 1861-1865
Emma Gillette Keays Oglesby
wife of Richard James Oglesby, the fourteenth, sixteenth, and twentieth governor of Illinois, 1865-1869, 1873, 1885-1889
Malinda Ann Neely Palmer
wife of John McAuley Palmer, the fifteenth governor of Illinois, 1869-1873
Photo Not Available Helen May Judson Beveridge
wife of John Lourie Beveridge, the seventeenth governor of Illinois, 1873-1877
Julia Fisher Cullom
wife of Shelby Moore Cullom, the eighteenth governor of Illinois, 1877-1883
Helen Williams Hamilton
wife of John Marshall Hamilton, the nineteenth governor of Illinois, 1883-1885
Gertrude Lewis Fifer
wife of Joseph Wilson Fifer, the twenty-first governor of Illinois, 1889-1893
Emma Ford Altgeld
wife of John Peter Altgeld, the twenty-second governor of Illinois, 1893-1897
Cora Edith English Tanner
wife of John Riley Tanner, the twenty-third governor of Illiinois, 1897-1901
Photo Not Available Helen Wadsworth Yates
wife of Richard Yates, the twenty-fourth governor of Illinois, 1901-1905
Bina Day Maloney Deneen
wife of Charles Samuel Deneen, the twenty-fifth governor of Illinois, 1905-1913
Photo Not Available Elizabeth Kelly Dunne
wife of Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne, the twenty-sixth governor of Illinois, 1913-1917
Photo Not Available Florence Pullman Lowden
wife of Frank Orren Lowden, the twenty-seventh governor of Illinois, 1917-1921


Information about Illinois’ Governors can be found at:

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