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On this day – 1st Lady Sarah Polk was born

September 4

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 4 of September, repeating indefinitely

On September 4, 1803, First Lady Sarah Polk was born near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Well-educated with a keen interest in politics, Polk proved an asset to her husband’s career and enjoyed discussing current affairs and acting as a sounding board for the president.

Her interest in politics far outweighed her interest in domestic duties, in fact, and future president Franklin Pierce even noted that he’d rather talk politics with Sarah than her husband.

Did you know? Widowed shortly after James Polk retired from office, Sarah enjoyed the esteem of both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War – both sides respected her home in Nashville as a neutral ground.

Sarah Polk, George Peter Alexander Healy, 1846

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