Polk, Sarah Childress, 1927, Biographical Sketch

A HANDSOME uoman of a Spanish type — the daughter of a wealthy Tennessee planter, — Mrs. Polk was one of the sternest religionists who has ever occupied the White House. During her regime, all dancing, cards and drink were banished from the Executive Mansion. Nevertheless her beauty and distinction of manner won for her a popularity that jar overshadowed that of her husband. The couple had no children, and following the death of the President, Mrs. Polk, who survived him for forty-two years, adopted a niece.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 12.

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