Dr. Abigail Bartlet, M.D., serves as the First Lady of the United States from 1999 to 2007. Dr. Bartlet is widely acknowledged as a world-class physician. She is the wife of President Josiah Bartlet and mother of Elizabeth Bartlet, Ellie Bartlet, and Zoey Bartlet.

Youth

Abbey met the young Josiah Bartlet while he was attending Notre Dame. However, University of Notre Dame would have been a men's school at the time, thus it is likely she attended Saint Mary's College, the prestigious sister institution across the street which has only become less selective since Notre Dame became coeducational. Jed, at the time, was studying to become a priest with the Roman Catholic Church. Despite this fact, Abbey and Jed developed a strong relationship they married in 1967, 32 years before the Bartlet Presidency. The two eventually had three daughters, Elizabeth, Ellie, and Zoey.

Career

After Saint Mary's College, Abbey attended Harvard Medical School. After eight years of schooling, she graduated with her M.D.. Her specialties are in internal medicine and thoracic surgery. She began practicing medicine in 1974, and was on the staff of both Boston Mercy Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She was Adjunct Professor of Thoracic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Abbey served as First Lady to her home state of New Hampshire from 1991 to 1999 when her husband became Governor. During this time, Abigail visited children hospitals and worked to raise funding for the state health-care system.

FLOTUS

Abbey became the nation's First Lady on January 20, 1999 and served in this capacity until January 20, 2007. She was politically active during her time in the White House.  She advocated on behalf of victims of forced child labor around the world.  In 2004, she gave testimony on Capital Hill for her strong support of the Equal Pay Act and the Equal Rights Amendment. Abbey also took action to edit UN resolutions to ensure that all forms of prostitution were made illegal, whether it be forced prostitution or not.

Abbey has stated, on more than one occasion, that she believes a national health care system would highly benefit the country. During her time in office, Abbey often visited the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Memorial. Abbey left with an approval rating of 87% with the American people. To protect the secret of her husband's multiple sclerosis, Abbey gave the President doses of betaseron, which helped keep his MS in check.

Her decision to medicate her husband, in violation of several American Medical Association rules, led her to voluntarily surrender her medical license for the duration of her stay in the White House on the eve of a hearing to determine her fate.  Afterwards, she continued to help the sick and injured by volunteering at a shelter in one of DC's more troubled neighborhoods.

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Education

Career

  • When First Lady: Adjunct Professor Thoracic Surgery at Harvard Medical School
  • When First Lady: Volunteer, Johns Hopkins University Hospital

Politics

Trivia

  • She used to babysit Amy Gardner as a teen.
  • Her ancestor 17 generations back was a privateer for the American colonists.

Photos

Abigail Bartlet/Gallery


PREDECESSOR
Libby Lassiter
First Lady of the United States
1999-2007
SUCCESSOR
Helen Santos
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