September 08, 2003

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Margaret Taylor

During the 1848 election, Zachary Taylor's political enemies were afraid to attack the war hero. Instead they focused on his wife. Margaret was painted as a vulgar, illiterate woman from a poor family. Cartoons circulated of her puffing on a corncob pipe.

In truth, Margaret came from a prominent family. She was an educated, gracious, and refined Southern lady. She also happened to be allergic to tobacco. Nonetheless, the legend of Margaret Taylor and her pipe persisted for years.

Posted by Jennifer at September 8, 2003 12:02 AM