Mary Elizabeth Bliss

Mary Elizabeth Bliss

First Lady
Born Apr 20, 1824

Mary Elizabeth Taylor Bliss was the daughter of President Zachary Taylor and First Lady Margaret Taylor. She served as White House hostess due to her mother's ill health. On December 8, 1848, Mary married William Wallace Smith Bliss, the future president's secretary. Bliss died in 1853. On July 9, 1850, the Taylor presidency came to an abrupt end when the President died.… Read More

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1824 Birth Born in 1824.


1848 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1848, after her father was elected president, Mary Elizabeth married William Wallace Smith Bliss, an army officer who had served with her father. … Read More
1850 26 Years Old On July 9, 1850, the Taylor presidency ended with Zachary Taylor's death.
1852 28 Years Old Mary and William Bliss accompanied her widowed mother to Pascagoula, Mississippi, where she lived with another married daughter until her death two years later in 1852. … Read More


1858 34 Years Old On February 11, 1858, she married again, to Philip Pendelton Dandridge. … Read More


1909 85 Years Old Died in 1909.
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