Tag Archives: Sarah Polk

Sarah Polk: Gas Lighting

Sarah Childress Polk was FLOTUS in the mid-1840s – a time of major technical and industrial advances. Technology, Circa 1840s When James and Sarah Polk were in the White House (1845-49), the country had grown enormously. Between 1830 and 1840, … Continue reading

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Sarah Polk’s Memoirs

First Lady Sarah Childress Polk lived to be nearly ninety. Miss Childress of Tennessee Sarah Childress (1803-1891) was born to a comfortable Murfreesboro, Tennessee family, not long after it had joined the Union. Her Presbyterian father was a planter and … Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson Introduces the Polks

James Knox Polk and his wife, Sarah Childress, had a match made by none other than General Andrew Jackson himself. James K. Polk: Young Attorney James Knox Polk (1795-1849) was North Carolina born, but Tennessee raised and matured. An unimposing … Continue reading

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