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.
In 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.