First Lady Caroline Harrison is best known for her domestic successes. She modernized the White House, installing electricity in 1891 and electric kitchen appliances. She gained considerable attention when she designed the cornstalk-and-flower border for the china during her husband’s administration, and she collected the china patterns of all her White House predecessors. Although her contemporaries gave more attention to her domestic accomplishments, she did far more. She agreed to fundraise for the new Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1890 on the grounds that women be admitted to study on the same basis as men, thus making one of the country’s major medical schools coeducational. 
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Image: Caroline Lavinia (Scott) Harrison c. 1889.  Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

First Lady Caroline Harrison is best known for her domestic successes. She modernized the White House, installing electricity in 1891 and electric kitchen appliances. She gained considerable attention when she designed the cornstalk-and-flower border for the china during her husband’s administration, and she collected the china patterns of all her White House predecessors. Although her contemporaries gave more attention to her domestic accomplishments, she did far more. She agreed to fundraise for the new Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1890 on the grounds that women be admitted to study on the same basis as men, thus making one of the country’s major medical schools coeducational. 

Facts and quotations from First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama by Betty Boyd Caroli. C-SPAN is exploring the influence of First Ladies in its new series.

Image: Caroline Lavinia (Scott) Harrison c. 1889.  Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.