• Saxton House at First Ladies National Historic Site

    First Ladies

    National Historic Site Ohio

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    Please note that the site will be closed all day on Sunday, July 17th and open at noon on Sunday, July August 1st. These temporary closures will ensure visitor safety during local Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement festival activities. Thank you.

Honoring the First Ladies

Two properties, the home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the seven story 1895 City Bank Building, are preserved at this site, which honors the lives and accomplishment of our nation's First Ladies. The site is managed by the National Park Service and operated by the National First Ladies Library.

Did You Know?

DN-0052937, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society

As First Lady, Helen Herron Taft kept her interest in politics but concentrated on giving the presidency a particular social brilliance. She suffered a severe stroke just months after the inauguration of her husband but her strong will and determination had her back in command again within a year.