A Little More On "First Lady"

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sat Jul 17 15:40:56 UTC 2004

Regarding its use for the wife of a pastor, my brother, a Presbyterian
minister in New Jersey, has never heard "First Lady" used in this context.
"Minister's wife [or husband]" is the term that is overwhelmingly prevalent
in his experience.

Back ca.1990 he was the director of admissions at Dubuque (Iowa) Theological
Seminary. Around then the "student wives group" changed its name to the
"spouses group." He did, however, find some school newspapers from the early
1960s that referred to the wives group as the "Parsonettes."

--Dave Wilton
  dave at wilton.net

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