The Political machine
There was never a first Lady like Helen Louise Herron "Nellie" Taft. The fourth of six daughters, young Nellie took a unique approach to stand out among her sisters. She vowed at sixteen to marry a man only if he would be elected President of the United States someday - and, if as president, he would consider Nellie his equal.
NELLIE Taft EMBRACED NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SHATTERED SOCIAL NORMS. she SMOKED, SHE DRANK, SHE GAMBLED, and she was the first First-Lady in history to ride alongside her Husband during his inauguration. She explored Philippine jungles and bathed nude in tropical rivers. She SPURNED prejudice and kept friends of every race, religion, and orientation. she redecorated Washington, DC with cherry blossoms from Tokyo, purchased a fleet of automobiles for the White House, and, when given the opportunity on Hawaii's Waikiki Beach, Nellie even surfed.