National Affairs: Widows

The widows of Presidents have been treated in many different fashions: Martha Washington, franking privilege; Dolly Madison, franking privilege and payment of $30,000 for husband's manuscript (the only complete and authoritative account of the U. S. Constitutional Convention) ; Louisa C. Adams, widow of John Quincy Adams, franking privilege and $25,000 cash; widows of John Tyler and James K. Polk, annual allowances of $5,000 each; widow of Zachary Taylor, franking privilege and $5,000; widow of James A. Garfield, franking privilege, single payment of $50,000 and annual payment of $5,000; Mrs. McKinley and...

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