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What first lady banned dancing and card playing in the white house?

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  • #1) What first lady banned dancing and card playing in the white house?
    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. She was known as a strict "Sabbatarian, kept her husband from conducting any official business on Sundays. She hosted the first annual Thanksgiving dinner at the White House.
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