The term "First Lady" has been used to refer to the wives of the presidents of the United States since the Civil War Era. This eclectic group of women were athletic and no-nonsense; they were sophisticated society beauties; and they were pioneers. They were artists, business women, and even invalids. Their stories are funny, romantic, shocking, full of adventure—and sometimes tragic. Here is a glimpse into the fascinating lives and characters of the women who helped to shape the face of a nation.