Zachary Taylor was an American military leader who served as the 12th president of the United States from 1849 until his death in 1850. Taylor previously was a career officer in the United States Army, rose to the rank of major general and became a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican–American War. As a result, he won election to the White House despite his vague political beliefs. His top priority as president was preserving the Union. He died sixteen months into his term, having made no progress on the most divisive issue in Congress, slavery. Taylor was born into a prominent family of plantation owners who moved westward from Virginia to Louisville, Kentucky, in his youth; he was the last president born before the adoption of the Constitution. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1808 and made a name for himself as a captain in the War of 1812.
|Born:||November 24, 1784, Barboursville, Virginia, U.S.|
|Died:||July 9, 1850, Washington, D.C, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Stomach disease|
|Resting place:||Zachary Taylor National Cemetery|
|Children:||6, including Sarah, Mary, and Richard|
|Parents:||Richard Taylor, Sarah Dabney Strother|
|Civilian awards:||Congressional Gold Medal, Thanks of Congress|
|Vice President:||Millard Fillmore|
|Preceded by:||James K. Polk|
|Succeeded by:||Millard Fillmore|
About Zachary Taylor
Twelfth President of the United States and a 40-year veteran of the military who helped lead the U.S. to victory in the Mexican-American War.
Zachary Taylor Before Fame
He defeated Shawnee chief Tecumseh's attack on Fort Harrison in Indiana Territory during the War of 1812.
Achievement of Zachary Taylor
He was the last president to own slaves during his term and had one of the shortest presidencies after dying 16 months into his term.
Zachary Taylor Family Life
He introduced his daughter, Sarah Knox Taylor, to Jefferson Davis, future president of the Confederacy, but she would die from malaria soon after their marriage in 1835.
Associations of Zachary Taylor
He died 16 months after entering office and was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.
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