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Zachary Taylor

12th US President and General Zachary Taylor

Profession: 12th US President and General

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Political Party: Whig
Political Titles: Major General of the United States Army

Presidential Term: March 4, 1849 - July 9, 1850
Preceded By: James Knox Polk
Succeeded By: Millard Fillmore

Why Famous: The 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850.

Despite his vague political beliefs, his status as a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican–American War won him election to the White House.

His top priority as president was preserving the Union, but he died sixteen months into his term before making any progress.

Born: November 24, 1784
Birthplace: Barboursville, Virginia, USA
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: July 9, 1850 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Died in the White House of an unknown digestive ailment after reportedly consuming copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk

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Married Life

  • 1810-06-21 US President Zachary Taylor (25) weds Margaret Smith near Louisville, Kentucky

Historical Events

  • 1847-02-23 Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans
  • 1848-11-07 General Zachary Taylor elected as 12th President of US
  • 1849-03-04 US President Zachary Taylor delays his swearing-in and inauguration ceremony for one day due to religious reasons, rising to the false belief by some that Senator David Atchison (President pro tempore) technically assumed the office of President for one day
  • 1849-03-05 Zachary Taylor sworn in as 12th US President
  • 1991-06-17 The body of the 12th US President, Zachary Taylor, is exhumed to test how he died; rumors had persisted since his death in 1850 of arsenic poisoning - no evidence of this was found