|1847 Daguerreotype of President James K. Polk and posse|
People in the picture, left to right:
Secretary of State James Buchanan
Buchanan’s niece Harriet Lane
Mrs. Polk’s niece Sarah Polk Rucker
First Lady Sarah Childress Polk
President James K. Polk
widow of James Madison, Dolley Madison
Mrs. Cave Johnson
Postmaster General Cave Johnson
Secretary of the Navy John Y. Mason
- Harriet Lane was Buchanan’s niece and the acting first lady during his presidency (Buchanan never married).
- Johnson was the postmaster when the U.S. Postal Service introduced the postage stamp in 1847.
- Many of the traditions associated with the First Lady of the United States are derived from Dolley Madison.
Via Posthip Scott