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Sarah Childress Polk
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- Cassie
 Added: Jun. 2, 2014
 

- Snicker Bug
 Added: May. 3, 2014
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY MADAM FIRST LADY...
- MIKE ROUW
 Added: Apr. 11, 2014
 

- Cღ
 Added: Apr. 4, 2014
 

- Barbara Sloan Darst
 Added: Mar. 15, 2014
 

- Alisyn
 Added: Mar. 15, 2014
 

- chevydelray55
 Added: Feb. 26, 2014
 

- Maggie
 Added: Dec. 30, 2013
 

- Evette Dingle-Smith
 Added: Nov. 16, 2013
 

- LAPrice
 Added: Nov. 14, 2013
 

- R I P
 Added: Nov. 2, 2013
 

- Karen
 Added: Sep. 12, 2013
 

- AR
 Added: Sep. 8, 2013
 

- Ed. McConnell
 Added: Sep. 4, 2013
 
Sarah Childress Polk: thank you madam to serve as first lady under your husband's presidency, James Knox Polk, 1845-1849 and famously observed the first traditional Thanksgiving day dinner in the White House. You assisted your husband with his speeches, gave him advice on policy matters and played an active role in his campaigns. In Washington as congressman's wife during the administrations of John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Van Buren, you very much enjoyed yourself social duties. In 1830 you were risked a breach with Jackson, your husband's mentor, by taking part in the social ostracism of Peggy Eaton, during the Petticoat Affair, although you continued to greet Eaton, unlike Vice President John C. Calhoun's wife, Floride Calhoun, and most of the cabinet members wives. In 1845, you became the 11th First Lady of the United States You were a lively, charming, intelligent, and a good conversationalist. President Polk at times discussed policy matters with you. While you enjoyed politics, you also cautioned Polk, whose health was never robust, against overwork.As a devout Presbyterian, and serving as First Lady banned dancing, card games, and hard liquor at official receptions and refused to attend horse races or the theatre. When you attended the Inaugural Ball, you did not dance and hosted the first annual Thanksgiving dinner at the White House. Unlike Julia Tyler's waltzes, the Polk entertainments were sedate and sober affairs which earned the First Lady the nickname "Sahara Sarah" Although some accounts stated that the Polks never served wine, a Congressman's wife "recorded in your diary details of a four-hour dinner for forty at the White Houseóglasses for six different wines, from pink champagne to ruby port and sauterne, 'formed a rainbow around each.' After attending the inauguration of James Polk's successor, Zachary Taylor, on March 6, 1849, both you and your husband left by horse and carriage to their new home "Polk Place" in Nashville, Tennessee. Three months later, James Polk died, having had the shortest retirement of any former U.S. President. The United States government granted you a pension of $5,000 per annum. During the American Civil War, you were a neutral woman and lived on in that home for 42 years. You lived through the longest retirement and widowhood of any former US First Lady, and wore black always. You are buried next to the president at their home in Nashville and was later reinterred with him at the Tennessee State Capitol. Only 41 when your husband became president, you outlived several of your successors including Margaret Taylor, Abigail Fillmore, Jane Pierce, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eliza Johnson and Lucy Webb Hayes. Only a handful of first ladies have lived longer -- Anna Harrison, Edith Bolling Wilson, Betty Ford, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, and Bess Truman. On this day, we are remembering you today, happy 210th birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Sep. 4, 2013
 

- R I P
 Added: Sep. 4, 2013
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Sep. 4, 2013
 

- Cindy
 Added: Sep. 4, 2013
 

- melinda
 Added: Aug. 22, 2013
 
Sarah Childress Polk: thank you madam to serve as first lady under your husband's presidency, James Knox Polk, 1845-1849 and famously observed the first traditional Thanksgiving day dinner in the White House, remembering you today,may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Aug. 14, 2013
 

- Mike
 Added: Aug. 14, 2013
 

- Cindy
 Added: Aug. 14, 2013
 

- Alan Brownsten
 Added: Aug. 14, 2013
 

- MystikNZ
 Added: Aug. 14, 2013
 
May GOD Bless you and your families as you so have blessed these UNITED STATES of North America ! Thank you for your being!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Apr. 28, 2013
 
God bless. Rest in peace.
- Ohio Baby
 Added: Apr. 24, 2013
 

- Larry Linehan
 Added: Apr. 10, 2013
 
Distant Cousin
- patientsearch
 Added: Mar. 18, 2013
 
Rest in peace.
- Ricky Smithson
 Added: Feb. 12, 2013
 
Rest in peace
- Melanie Weisbecker-Ciarrocchi
 Added: Feb. 6, 2013
 
Distinguished Tennessean
- J Spencer
 Added: Feb. 2, 2013
 

- GREENMIST
 Added: Oct. 23, 2012
 

- Ernest Sharpe Jr
 Added: Oct. 3, 2012
 
Sarah Childress Polk: thank you madam to serve as first lady under your husband's presidency, James Knox Polk, 1845-1849 and famously observed the first traditional Thanksgiving day dinner in the White House, remembering you today, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Sep. 4, 2012
 

- David Wend
 Added: Sep. 4, 2012
 

- Dorothy
 Added: Sep. 4, 2012
 

- Cindy
 Added: Sep. 4, 2012
 
Sarah Childress Polk: thank you madam to serve as first lady under your husband's presidency, James Knox Polk, 1845-1849 and famously observed the first traditional Thanksgiving day dinner in the White House, remembering you after 121 years, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Aug. 14, 2012
 

- J.A. & D.S.
 Added: Aug. 14, 2012
 
Rest in peace
- P.L.M.
 Added: Aug. 14, 2012
 

- Mike
 Added: Aug. 14, 2012
 

- Alan Brownsten
 Added: Aug. 14, 2012
 

- Cindy
 Added: Aug. 14, 2012
 
R.I.P.
- Danny Trahan
 Added: Aug. 14, 2012
 

- DMLeForce
 Added: Jul. 26, 2012
 

- Charles & Lisa
 Added: Jun. 26, 2012
 

- Mike
 Added: Jun. 15, 2012
 

- Georgia Girl
 Added: May. 28, 2012
 
I light a candle for Sarah Childress Polk ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
 
Sarah Childress Polk: thank you madam to serve as first lady under your husband's presidency, James Knox Polk, 1845-1849 and famously observed the first traditional Thanksgiving day dinner in the White House, remembering you today, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Sep. 4, 2011
 
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