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Sarah Polk
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First Lady
    (September 4, 1803-August 14, 1891)
    Birth name is Sarah Childress
    First Lady (1845-1849)
    Married President James Knox Polk at age 20 (January 1, 1824)
    She did not approve of playing 'Hail to the Chief' for the president and had it stopped.
    After no one noticed President James Knox Polk as he entered the room (he was short), she decided to restore the playing of 'Hail to the Chief.'
    She was devoutly religious.
    Because of her overbite, she was tight lipped, giving the appearance of disapproval.
    Her nickname was 'Sahara Sarah.'
    She preferred discussing politics with the men rather than staying with the other ladies.
    She never gave birth to a child.
    When Peggy Eaton, the wife of the Secretary of War, had an illicit affair, other administration members and their wives forgave her, except for Sarah. Embarrassed James Knox Polk sent her back to Tennessee.
    Vice President George M. Dallas said Sarah 'is certainly mistress of herself and I suspect of someone else as well.'
    She nagged President James Knox Polk.
    She banned dancing in the White House.
    She banned hard liquor at the White House.
    She called her home 'Polk Place.'
    She was neutral during the Civil War.
    She dressed in bright colors.
    She attended the Danil Elam School, Bradley Academy in Nashville and Moravian Female Academy in Salem, North Carolina.
    She did needlepoint and studied the bible.
    President Andrew Jackson met her and urged James Knox Polk to marry her.
    She was very serious and lacked a sense of humor.
    She was a voracious reader.
    Men really enjoyed discussing current affairs with her, women didn't criticize her.
    Although President James Knox Polk was against paper currency, she argued that it was difficult for women to carry gold and silver.
    Several years after President James Knox Polk's death, she adopted her great niece, Sarah Polk Jetton.
    She installed gas lighting in the White House (1846).
    She was the first First Lady to have her photo taken at the White House.
    President James Knox Polk's last words were: 'I love you, Sarah, for all eternity, I love you' (June 15, 1849).
    In 2018, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 6 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 58.82% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 38 Votes: 44.74% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 32 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 44 Votes: 34.09% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 125 Votes: 43.20% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 104 Votes: 50.96% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 37 Votes: 51.35% Annoying
 
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