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Just a question I have always had, but never known the answer. I'm not coming to argue like most or put down whomever uses this term/title and I'm hoping this doesn't turn into a huge argumentive discussion; I just want to know where did the term 'First Lady' come from as a name for a pastor's wife?  Why is it used? And what if the pastor was married once before (past life, etc.), could his current wife use 'First Lady'?

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It's American in origin and it has nothing to do with the holy scriptures.

The title "First Lady" originated in the United States in 1849, when United States President Zachary Taylor called Dolley Madison "First Lady" at her state funeral while reciting a eulogy written by himself.

In the early days of the United States, there was no generally accepted title for the wife of the President. Many early first ladies expressed their own preference for how they were addressed, including the use of such titles as "Lady," "Mrs. President," "Mrs. Presidentress" (in the case of Julia Tyler) and "Queen of the White House."

Harriet Lane, niece of bachelor President James Buchanan was the first woman to be called First Lady while actually serving in that position. The phrase appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Monthly in 1860, when he wrote, "The Lady of the White House, and by courtesy, the First Lady of the Land." Once Harriet Lane was called First Lady, the term was applied retrospectively to her predecessors.
Okay, thanks. Very insightful.

Thanks, but what's the history of it being used in the church?

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