Which first lady banned dancing and card-playing in the White House? – 2017

Which first lady banned dancing and card-playing in the White House?



Sarah Polk




Answer: Sarah Childress Polk was married to the 11th President of the United States, James Polk. She served as First Lady from 1845 to 1849. A devout Presbyterian, as First Lady she banned dancing, card games, and hard liquor at the White House. When she attended the Inaugural Ball, she did not dance. Known as a strict “Sabbatarian,” kept her husband from conducting any official business on Sundays.




She famously turned away a high-ranking Austrian official who came to meet the president on the Sabbath.

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