A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
through conversations with top experts, video tours of historic sites, and questions from C-SPAN's audience.

America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Margaret Taylor
First Lady: 1849 - 1850
Click the list to watch videos
  • Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor & Abigail Fillmore Program
  • Margaret Taylor program: Opening clip
  • Her Marriage
  • Her children
  • A brief introduction to Margaret Taylor


Margaret Taylor

Zachary Taylor
Author John S.D. Eisenhower wrote on Mrs. Taylor: “In the upstairs quarters of the White House, Margaret Taylor ran a congenial and welcoming establishment, and since relatives abounded, guests were almost always present. Margaret, however, remained true to her resolve to shun public life, a decision that caused the pampered members of Washington society to begin circulating rumors about her."

Born - September 21, 1788 in Calvert County, Maryland

Parents - Walter Smith & Ann Mackall Smith

Married - June 21, 1810 to Zachary Taylor

Children - Anne Margaret Mackall (1811 – 1875),
Sarah Knox (1814 – 1835),
Octavia Pannel (1816 – 1820),
Margaret Smith (1819 – 1820),
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (1824 – 1909),
Richard (1826 – 1879)

Died - August 18, 1852 in Pascagoula, Mississippi

Click here to see full bio of Margaret Taylor

Did You Know Icon Did You Know...

First Ladies Book

Welcome to the White House