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Sarah Polk

James Polk
If I should be so fortunate as to reach the White House, I expect to live on twenty-five thousand dollars a year, and I will neither keep house nor make butter.

Born - September 4, 1803 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Parents - Captain Joel Childress & Elizabeth Whitsitt Childress

Married - January 1, 1824 to James Polk

Children - none

Firsts - 1st First Lady to host a Thanksgiving dinner at the White House.

Post White House residence - Polk Place, Nashville, Tennessee

Other Offices – First Lady of Tennessee 1839 - 1841

Died - August 14, 1891 in Nashville, Tennessee

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Did You Know IconDid You Know...
  • Mrs. Polk had an interest in politics and accompanied Mr. Polk on his trips to Washington before he took office.
  • During the Civil War, Mrs. Polk would receive and entertain leaders of both Confederate and Union armies in her Nashville home.
  • Sarah Polk was the 1st First Lady to host a Thanksgiving dinner at the White House.

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