| Joe Steele |
Relevant POD: July, 1932
|Novel or Story?:||Novel only|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Date of Birth:||19th century|
|Children:||Two deceased sons|
|Political Party:||Democratic Party|
|Political Office(s):||First Lady of the United States|
Betty Steele was the wife of President Joe Steele, and the longest serving First Lady of the United States, holding the position from March 4, 1933 until her husband's death on March 5, 1953. She was also the last First Lady; her husband's immediate successor, John Nance Garner, was a widower, and Garner's de facto successor, J. Edgar Hoover, was a bachelor.
Betty met Joe Steele in Fresno. He was a lawyer and a city councilman.. The couple had two children, but lost both to diphtheria within days of each other. Steele threw himself into his work, eventually becoming a Congressman. Betty, however, was left adrift, becoming a fairly withdrawn person.
Like her husband, Betty eschewed trappings of wealth and importance. At her husband's first inauguration on March 4, 1933, for example, her husband wore a simple suit and cloth cap, while she wore a dress that any women of modest means could have purchased from a Montgomery Wards catalog.
| Political offices|
Lou Henry Hoover
|First Lady of the United States|
| Succeeded by|