Zachary Taylor

12th US President Zachary Taylor Full Name: Zachary Taylor

United States of America

Profession: 12th US President
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)

Married Life

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

Historical Events in the Life of Zachary Taylor

  • 1846-05-24 General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War
  • 1847-02-23 Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans
  • 1848-11-07 General Zachary Taylor elected as 12th President of US
  • 1849-03-05 Zachary Taylor sworn in as 12th US President
  • 1991-06-17 The body of Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the USA, is exhumed to test how he died; rumours had persisted since his death in 1850 of arsenic poisoning - no evidence of this was found

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