Floride Calhoun

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Floride Calhoun
Floride Calhoun nee Colhoun.jpg
Second lady of the United States
In office
March 4, 1825 – December 28, 1832
Vice PresidentJohn C. Calhoun
Preceded byHannah Marine Tompkins
Succeeded byLetitia Christian Tyler
Personal details
Floride Bonneau Colhoun

February 15, 1792
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedJuly 25, 1866 (aged 74)
Pendleton, South Carolina, U.S
Spouse(s)John C. Calhoun
ChildrenAndrew Pickens Calhoun (1811–1865), Floride Pure Calhoun (1814–1815), Jane Calhoun (1816–1816), Anna Maria Calhoun (1817–1875), Elizabeth Calhoun (1819–1820), Patrick Calhoun (1821–1858), John Caldwell Calhoun Jr. (1823–1850), Martha Cornelia Calhoun (1824–1857), James Edward Calhoun (1826–1861), and William Lowndes Calhoun (1829–1858)
ParentsJohn E. Colhoun Floride Bonneau

Floride Bonneau Calhoun (née Colhoun; February 15, 1792 – July 25, 1866) was the wife of prominent U.S. politician John C. Calhoun. She is best known for her leading role in the Petticoat affair, which occurred during her husband's service as vice president of the United States. In that role, Mrs. Calhoun led the wives of other Cabinet members in ostracizing Peggy Eaton, the wife of Secretary of War John Eaton, whom they considered a woman of low morals. The affair helped damage relations between John C. Calhoun and President Andrew Jackson, and effectively ended any legitimate chance of him becoming president of the United States.

Second Lady[change | change source]

Eight years later in 1825, she became Second Lady of the United States, following her husband's election as vice president, serving in that role until his resignation in 1832. She served from 1825 to 1832.