Presidential Daughters: Mary Elizabeth Taylor Bliss

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Mary Elizabeth Bliss served as White House hostess in her ill mother’s, Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor, place. Betty, as she was called, was born on April 20, 1824.  She was the youngest of the Taylor children and one of three … Continued

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

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

Presidential Daughters: 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

First Ladies: Anna Harrison Taylor

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Anna Harrison Taylor, daughter of President William Henry Harrison, is also believed to have accompanied her father and along with her sister-in-law, Jane Irwin Harrison, served as unofficial hostess. Anna Tuthill Harrison was born on October 28, 1813, the youngest daughter … Continued

First Ladies: Jane Irwin Harrison

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When Anna Symmes Harrison, proved too ill to travel to Washington, D.C. with her husband, William Henry Harrison, for his upcoming inauguration he asked his recently widowed daughter-in-law to accompany him. This daughter-in-law, Jane Irwin Harrison, was the widow of … Continued

First Ladies: Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison

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Anna Harrison became the first wife of a sitting President, to become his widow. She was also the grandmother of a future president, Benjamin Harrison. Anna Elizabeth Symmes was born on July 25, 1775 in Morristown, New Jersey. She was … Continued

Presidential Daughters: Angelica Sinclair Van Buren

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When Martin Van Buren became the eighth President of the United States, he needed someone to serve as hostess for him. His wife, Hannah, had died from tuberculosis in 1819. President Van Buren turned to his daughter-in-law, Angelica, to serve … Continued

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