Presidential Chairs

We are fortunate to have three chairs on exhibit that were used by presidents. Two Campeche chairs and one Federal side chair. The two Campeche chairs of James Madison, Jr. and Maj. Gen. Zachary Taylor are on exhibit as “Presidential Cousins.” Madison's chair (on right) was gift from Mrs. N. K. Lyons, and was crafted in Campeche, Mexico. He received it in 1820. There is an Madison family legend that the chair was sent as a gift from Thomas Jefferson. However, no one to date has been successful in locating documentation to validate the lore. Taylor's chair (on left) is on loan from Mrs. Helen M. Taylor. This chair was made in Louisiana around 1840. This American-made chair has padded leather

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