NF Polk, Sarah Childress

Sarah Childress Polk
First Lady of the United States
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Born:
September 4, 1803

Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Father: Joel Childress 1777 – 1819
(Buried: Cannonsburgh Village Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee)​

Mother: Elizabeth Whitsett 1780 – 1863
(Buried: Cannonsburgh Village Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee)​

Husband: President James K. Polk 1795 – 1849
(Buried: Tennessee State Capitol and Buildings, Nashville, Tennessee)​

Married: January 1, 1824 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Adopted Children:


Sarah “Sallie” Polk Jetton Fall 1847 – 1924​
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​

Education:

Attended Moravian Female Academy in Salem, North Carolina​

Life before War:

1824 – 1849: Wife of President James K. Polk​
1839 – 1841: First Lady of State of Tennessee​
1845 – 1849: First Lady of United States of America​
1849 – 1861: Plantation Owner she inherited thru her husband's will​
1849 - 1891: Widow of President James K . Polk​

Civil War Role:

Received visits to her home by Several Union Generals including Grant​
She also Supported the Confederacy when Confederate Generals visited her​
Her niece Elizabeth Childress was the wife of Major General John C. Brown​

Died: August 14, 1891

Place of Death: Nashville, Tennessee

Age at time of Death: 87 years old

Burial Place: Tennessee State Capitol and Buildings, Nashville, Tennessee
 
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