With this special 2017 Inaugural Edition of The First Ladies of the United States of America, we introduce Melania Trump. She joins the small group of extraordinary women who, beginning with Martha Washington in 1789, have served the presidency and the nation and maintained one of the most appealing traditions of the White House—hospitality. First published by the White House Historical Association in 1975, this book not only provides a special perspective on American history, but also offers a considered insight into the unique stories of notable women. The First Ladies are brought to life with portraits drawn from the White House collection, as well as from public and private collections, by such artists as Gilbert Stuart, Henry Inman, Howard Chandler Christy, and photographer Mathew Brady. Many of the paintings are displayed in the White House along the Ground Floor Corridor and in State Rooms where they are seen by visitors today.