Anniversary of an Anniversary
- On New Year's Day in 1824, 28-year-old James Knox Polk married 20-year-old Sarah Childress. They had met eight years earlier, and then married at her parents' plantation home in Tennessee. They had no children, but raised a nephew (Marshall Tate Polk) as their personal ward. Twenty-one years after their marriage, they moved into the White House as President and First Lady. Three months after his one term, James died, leaving Sarah a widow for 42 years 60 days (longer than any other First Lady).