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Margaret Smith Taylor
Birth: Sep. 21, 1788
Calvert County
Maryland, USA
Death: Aug. 14, 1852

Presidential First Lady. She was born Margaret Smith in Calvert County, Maryland the daughter of a wealthy farmer and former Major in the Revolutionary War. She met the future President Zachary Taylor while he was on leave from the Army. Once married, she traveled with him on military tours. Six difficult childbirths and illness left her with no desire for a social life. Upon becoming First Lady, She positioned herself in an upstairs room and took no interest in performing any First Lady duties. However, she welcomed friends and relatives in her upstairs sitting room, presided at the family dinner table and met special groups at her husband's side. The only time she was seen in public was during worship services at St. John's Episcopal Church. She decorated the family quarters in a Spanish decor. Fifteen slaves were transferred from their plantation and assigned to work in the White House. She left the hostess duties to a daughter. Margaret became the first White House widow when after sitting in the sun ZacharyTaylor became overheated. He drank a glass of cold milk and ate a bowl of cherries passing away five days later. Margaret refused to permit a death mask or allow his body to be embalmed and a conspiracy theory arose that she had poisoned him. This theory was put to rest with later exhumation and test confirmed he had died from natural causes. She ended up living with her daughter at another Taylor owned plantation in East Pascagoula, Mississippi where she died at the age of 63. Both Taylors were interred in the Taylor burial grounds located on the Zachary Taylor Plantation outside of Louisville, Kentucky where the President was born and raised. The Plantation was sold and subdivided until only the family Burial Ground remained. Years later it was decided to establish a National Cemetery next to the burial ground. A new mausoleum was constructed and the remains of President Taylor and those of Margaret were entombed inside. However, the old family burying ground with other family members and the original vault is still intact. However, it is not part of the National Cemetery although surrounding it. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850)*
 
 Children:
  Ann Margaret Mackall Taylor Wood (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:
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8626
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- Sharon
 Added: Oct. 21, 2014
Rest in Peace
- Janice Books
 Added: Oct. 17, 2014
For my 4X great Aunt.
- bob winburn
 Added: Oct. 15, 2014
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