Margaret Taylor

First Lady of the United States
Born Sep 21, 1788
Hometown State of Maryland
Died Aug 14, 1852
Death Place Pascagoula, Missi...

Margaret Mackall Smith "Peggy" Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor, was First Lady of the United States from 1849 to 1850.

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1788 Birth Born in Calvert County, Maryland, on September 21, 1788, the daughter of Walter Smith, a prosperous Maryland planter and veteran officer of the American Revolution, and Ann Mackall-Smith, "Peggy" was raised amid refinement and wealth.


1809 20 Years Old While visiting her sister in Kentucky in 1809, she was introduced to Lieutenant Zachary Taylor, then home on leave, by Dr. Alexander Duke.
1810 21 Years Old Taylor, aged 25, married Peggy Smith, aged 21, on June 21, 1810, at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Mary Chew, near Louisville, Kentucky. … Read More


1821 32 Years Old …  Reminiscences of Mrs. Ann Adams, 1821–1829." in "Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Vol. 6, St. Paul, Minn., 1894" pages 102–103:
1825 36 Years Old In the summer of 1825, Col. and Mrs. Snelling with their children... made a trip to Detroit to pay a visit to her relatives, the Hunts and Mclntoshes, at that place. … Read More


1848 59 Years Old Another description of Margaret Taylor's appearance, from November, 1848, when she was 60, can be found in The Massachusetts Ploughman and New England Journal of Agriculture, November 18, 1848, Vol. 8, No. 7, page 2: "MRS. … Read More


1852 64 Years Old On the sudden death of the president, her health deteriorated rapidly. She died two years later, on August 14, 1852, at Pascagoula, Mississippi.
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