Mary McKee was one of three women named Mary in the White House; she was known as "Mamie."
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Mary McKee

Mary Scott Harrison McKee
Years of service: 1892-1893
Born: 1858

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Mary Harrison had a close relationship with her mother, Caroline. When she married James McKee in 1884, the newlyweds first moved into her parents' Indianapolis home. Her infant son became a favorite during the 1892 campaign with the moniker "Baby McKee."  After Benjamin Harrison won the election, the McKees and their children moved into the White House with the presidential couple. As her mother’s health declined, Mary took over official White House duties when needed. She spent most of her brief tenure as White House Hostess attending to her grieving father. Mary and her family lived in Indiana with the former president until his remarriage to her cousin, Mary Lord Dimmick.


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First Ladies as Teachers, Educators, and Librarians.

The right to an education is a foundational principle of America’s history, and many First Ladies have taken up this cause. We celebrate National First Ladies Day by kicking off this featured exhibit, presented by Huntington Bank.