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Born: November 24,
Died: July 9, 1850
12th President of the United States of America
March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850
Zachary Taylor was a
true nationalist after he spent over forty years in the army. He was
a President that appealed to all men because his long service in the
military was considered a desirable trait among those that lived in
the North and the fact that he owned over 100 slaves made him a hero
in the South. During a time when Southerners wanted slavery to be
extended through the territories and the Northerners who were
strongly against the extension of slavery, Taylor encouraged
California and New Mexico to avoid the territorial issues by
applying for statehood after drafting their own constitutions.
This however, pleased
no one as those from the South believed that this was not a solution
to them being given permission to own slaves and those from the
North were furious over the idea of slavery being permitted in the
District of Columbia. The South was so enraged in fact that they
threatened to withdraw from the Union. This however angered Taylor
and he promised that if that were to be the case, he would
personally lead the Army. It was shortly after this that the
President went to take part in a July 4 celebration. At the party,
Taylor ate cherries and milk however, the day proved to be too hot
for him and he became ill. He died five days later.
believed in the Sabbath and so, when he was inaugurated in March
1849 he would not take the Oath of Office because it was a
Sunday. Because there was no one to fill the position of Vice
President and President, they needed to find someone to take the
role of President until Taylor could take the Oath. The
President Pro Tempore of the Senate, David Rice Atchinson, took
the position until the following day. It was an uneventful day
for him as President and he said, “I went to bed. There had been
two or three busy nights finishing up the work of the Senate,
and I slept most of that Sunday."
presidential blood. His second cousin was James Madison, his
fourth cousin once removed was Robert E. Lee, and his fourth
cousin three times removed was Theodore Roosevelt.
Taylor’s body was
once exhumed because there was belief that his death was caused
by murder and not natural causes.
He was the second
president to die while serving in office.
He did not vote
until he was 62 years old. He didn’t even cast a vote for his
own election because he was serving in the military and moved so
much that it was impossible for him to establish a legal
residence until after he left the army.
Taylor would not
accept any mail that had postage due on it. Because of this, he
didn’t even know that he was nominated for President until a few
days after nominations had taken place.
Taylor had an old
warhorse named Whitney that stayed on the lawn of the White
House. People who wanted souvenirs of Taylor or of the White
House in general, often would take some hair from the horse.
He loved chewing
tobacco and had quite a skill for never missing the spittoon
when he would spit it out.
President, Taylor had never taken a position in a political
Taylor had a
daughter, Sarah Knox Taylor that married an army man, Jefferson
Davis. Taylor was upset about it and claimed, “I’ll be damned if
another daughter of mine will marry into the army!”
When taking his
horse into a battle, Taylor always rode sidesaddle.
At his funeral,
Abraham Lincoln delivered the eulogy.
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