Zachary Taylor

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Zachary Taylor
Official portrait, c. 1843-1845
12th President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850
Vice PresidentMillard Fillmore
Preceded byJames K. Polk
Succeeded byMillard Fillmore
Personal details
Born(1784-11-24)November 24, 1784
Barboursville, Virginia
DiedJuly 9, 1850(1850-07-09) (aged 65)
Washington, D.C. capital of America
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Margaret Smith Taylor

Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) was the 12th president of the United States. He served as president from 1849 until his death in 1850. He was a second cousin to James Madison.

General years[change | change source]

Taylor was a general in the United States Army. He led an army during the Mexican-American War. He was selected by the Whigs to be their candidate because he was a famous general. He was the last President to own slaves while in office.

Presidency[change | change source]

During his term, slavery was a big issue because the Northerners wanted no slavery in the U.S. and wanted to stop newly formed states from allowing slavery. The southerners believed that they had the right to keep their slaves and people feared that they would choose to not be a part of the United States anymore (which they would eventually do in 1860).

Taylor did not like the idea of the southern states leaving the United States at all. He threatened to use military force against them if they were to do that.

Taylor never voted until he was 62 years old. He was never a resident of a particular location in the United States long enough to register to vote.[1]

Sixteen months into his presidency, Taylor died of cholera and his vice-president Millard Fillmore became president to take his place.

The Compromise of 1850 (a proposal several laws that would calm down the slavery issue by pleasing both the north and the south) was voted on in Congress shortly after his death. This was negotiated by Kentucky's Congressman, Henry Clay, who was a distant cousin of the Taylors and Lincolns.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Zachary Taylor". Retrieved November 4, 2013.

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