America’s Most Well-Known First Ladies — Ranked

These political campaigners, fashion icons, and stay-at-home mothers have sealed their place in American history. But where do they rank in terms of their political prowess and public image as First Lady?

From Mary Todd Lincoln to Jill Biden, each First Lady has taken the position and distinguished themselves as a hostess and famous figure in their own right, expanding it to include broader political aspirations or taking a more traditional path.

A variety of factors were considered, including background, dedication to the country, ethics, leadership, stewardship at the White House, accomplishments, courage, public image, and value to the president. Here are 20 well-known First ladies ranked best to worst.