Taylor, Margaret Smith, 1927, Biographical Sketch

A DEVOTEE of a corncob pipe and partial to her own fireside, Mrs. Taylor relegated the social administration of the White House to her youngest daughter, Elizabeth ("Betty"), wife of Major W. W. S. Bliss. Accustomed as she had been to a life in military stockades and tents, the President's wife fitted into the official formalities of the Presidential mansion with as little grace as her husband. The lives of both were shadowed by the elopment of their second daughter, Sarah Knox Taylor, with Lieutenant Jefferson Davis, afterwards President of the Confederacy. This child died in a jew months after her marriage, unforgiven.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 13.

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