First Ladies: Margaret “Peggy” Mackall Smith Taylor

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Margaret “Peggy” Mackall Smith Taylor is said to have prayed that her husband would not win the election for the Presidency. Margaret Mackall Smith was born on September 21, 1788 to Walter and Ann “Peggy” Mackall Smith.  She was most … Continued

Presidents: Zachary Taylor

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Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, a hero in the Mexican-American War and the only President to come from Louisiana. He was born on November 24, 1784 in Barboursville, Virginia to Richard and Sarah Dabney Taylor.  … Continued

Presidents: James Polk

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James Polk was the 11th President of the United States. He is the only president to have served as House Speaker. He is also considered the last strong pre-Civil War president. James Knox Polk was the first of ten children … Continued

First Ladies: Julia Gardiner Tyler

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Julia Gardiner became the second wife of John Tyler. John Tyler was the first sitting President to marry while in office. Julia Gardiner was born on May 4, 1820 on Gardiner’s Island in New York. She was the daughter of … Continued

First Ladies: Priscilla Cooper Tyler

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Priscilla Cooper Tyler was the daughter-in-law of President John Tyler. During the majority of his Presidency, she served as White House hostess. Elizabeth Priscilla Cooper was born on June 14, 1816 in New York City. She was the daughter of … Continued

First Ladies: Letitia Christian Tyler

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Letitia Christian was born on November 12, 1790 in Cedar Grove, Virginia. She was the daughter of Colonel Robert and Mary Brown Christian. The family lived on Cedar Grove Plantation. She met a young law student, John Tyler, in 1808. … Continued

Presidents: John Tyler

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John Tyler became the first Vice President to succeed as President. He also is the President with the most children and only 19th Century President to still have living grandchildren. John Tyler was born on March 29, 1790 to an … Continued

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