(12) Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor

 

Margaret "Peggy" Mackall Smith Taylor

Birthdate

09/21/1788

Death date

08/14/1852

President

Zachary Taylor

Dates of service

03/04/1849-07/09/1850

Relationship to president

Spouse

Other marriages 

N/A

 

Websites 

First Ladies National Library Biography of Margaret Taylor

White House Historical Association: Margaret Taylor

The White House: Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor

Papers/letters collections

Library of Congress: Zachary Taylor Papers

Historical sites

Buried next to her husband at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetry

Fascinating details

  • Sometimes referred to by her nickname, Peggy.
  • Some sources claim that she protested her husband’s presidential nomination for the Whig Party.
  • Margaret was never interested in participating in formal social functions so she had her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, act as official hostess, especially when Margaret fell ill.