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Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Taylor Dandridge
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Birth: Apr. 10, 1824
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 1909
Winchester
Frederick County
Virginia, USA

Daughter of General Zachary Taylor "Old Rough and Ready", President of the United States and Margaret Mackall Smith. "Betty" assumed the role of official hostess for her father due to her mother being a semi-invalid. She received high praise for the manner in which she preformed the required duties. She was only 25 at the time and had just wed her father's faithful Adjutant General Lt. Col. William Wallace S. Bliss. She became widely acquainted with noted men and women during her brief but brilliant regime in the White House and she was known far and wide as a young woman of rare fascination and beautiful character. It was regarded as a high honor to be asked to one of her entertainments. Her oldest sister Sarah Knox "Knoxie" Taylor was the first wife of Jefferson Davis, President of the Southern Confederacy. Betty lost her husband in 1853; she remarried to Philip Pendleton Dandridge of Winchester, moving to her husband's home in 1857 and living there for fifty-two years. A southern sympathizer during the civil war she saw fit to save a young scout, John E. Boyd who was captured by Federal officials and sentenced to death. He lived and served as one of the pallbearers that carried Betty to her final rest place. 
 
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 Parents:
  Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850)
  Margaret Smith Taylor (1788 - 1852)
 
 Spouses:
  Philip Pendleton Dandridge (1817 - 1881)*
  William Wallace Smith Bliss (1815 - 1853)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ann Margaret Mackall Taylor Crooke (1811 - 1875)*
  Sarah Knox Taylor Davis (1814 - 1835)*
  Octavia Pannel Taylor (1817 - 1820)*
  Margaret Smith Taylor (1819 - 1820)*
  Mary Elizabeth Taylor Dandridge (1824 - 1909)
  Richard Taylor (1826 - 1879)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Hebron Cemetery
Winchester
Winchester City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Lot 636, Section Old, Grave 5
 
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Record added: Apr 23, 2007
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Mary Elizabeth Betty <i>Taylor</i> Dandridge
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Mary Elizabeth Betty <i>Taylor</i> Dandridge
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Mary Elizabeth Betty <i>Taylor</i> Dandridge
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