Zachary Taylor
Served 1849-1850 (died in office)

Zachary Taylor was born November 24, 1784, in Orange County, Virginia, at the home of one of this mother’s relatives, while his family was moving to Kentucky.

Taylor married Margaret Smith on June 21, 1810, and they had six children. He served in the military for more than 40 years. He was known as “Old Rough and Ready” because he was always in the thick of battle. He became a national hero for fighting in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War of 1832, and the Mexican War of 1846.

Next PageIn 1848, after the Mexican War, Taylor ran for President because he felt it was his duty for his country. He was the fourth general to serve as President. His Vice President was Millard Fillmore, and his party was Whig.

At a July 4 celebration in 1850, Taylor took sick, perhaps from eating cherries that were not properly washed and caused cholera. He died on July 9, 1850. His old warhorse, Whitey, who grazed on the White House lawn, is buried near him on his plantation in Virginia, and many tourists visit there.

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  1. Claire Mclean
    November 17, 2013

    Hello
    The Presidential Museums website is launched today, November 18th, and we are notifying as many people as we can to come on board and join the celebration. It is an important part of this web site to institute the CALENDAR feature and to keep it up to date with the direct input and co-operation of each Presidential Museum and Library starting with our dear “friend” and number 31 President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. We will be in touch with the Museums, asking for their help, this week so be on the look out for our call.
    This feature along with the monthly Calendar will also, we anticipate, act as a round robin and a chatter box about not just the Obama presidency, while we admit there is a lot to chat about there, but also involve all the presidencies. Join in on the trivia, gossip, chatter and “twitter” will help make us all learned historians, so come on aboard and be our guest.
    Claire McLean,
    Founder and CEO
    http://www.presidentialmuseums.com

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  2. James Warren
    January 25, 2014

    Zachary Taylor is buried in Louisville Kentucky not Virginia

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  3. TAMARA OLUND
    March 9, 2014

    I WANT TO KNOW IF THERE IS A TIMELINE OF MARGARET MACKALL SMITH TAYLOR AND IF T THERE IS WILL YOU PLEASE SEND ME THE TIMELINE OF THE FIRST LADY AND SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME SO YOU GOT MY EMAIL ADDRESS SO PLEASE THANK YOU VERYMUCH TAMAR OLUND

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