12. Zachary Taylor

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“Old Rough and Ready”


Presidential Basics

  • Full name: Zachary Taylor
  • Years in office: 1849–1850
  • Political party: Whig
  • Vice president: Millard Fillmore
  • Age at inauguration: 64
  • Nickname: “Old Rough and Ready”

Random Trivia

  • First-time voter: Zachary Taylor voted for the first time in his own presidential election.
  • The infamous son-in-law: Taylor’s daughter married Jefferson Davis, much to Taylor’s disapproval.

Birth & Death

  • Birthday: November 24, 1784
  • Birthplace: Orange County, Virginia
  • Death date: July 9, 1850
  • Place of death: Washington, D.C.
  • Place of burial: Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Last words: “I regret nothing, but I am sorry to leave my friends.”

Family

  • Father: Lt. Col. Richard Taylor (1744–1829); Soldier, landowner, civil servant
  • Mother: Sarah Dabney Strother Taylor (1760–1822)
  • Wife: Margaret Mackall Smith (September 21, 1788 – August 18, 1852)
  • Marriage: June 21, 1810 in Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Kids: 
    • Anne Mackall (1811–1875)
    • Sarah Knox (1814–1835)
    • Octavia Pannill (1816–1820)
    • Margaret Smith (1819–1820)
    • Mary Elizabeth (1824–1909)
    • Richard (1826–1879)
  • Home: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Other Facts

  • Height: 5’8″
  • Eye color: Hazel
  • Ancestry: English
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Born in a log cabin: Yes
  • Owned enslaved people: Yes
  • Freemason: No

Education

  • Early education: Some tutoring
  • College degree: No

Career

  • Military Service: Yes
  • Lawyer: No
  • Lieutenant, U.S. Army (1808)
  • Major in War of 1812 (1812)
  • Colonel in Black Hawk War (1832)
  • Brigadier General in Seminole War (1836–1837)
  • Major General in Mexican War (1845–1847)
  • President (1849–1850)

Writings

  • Letters of Zachary Taylor

Elections

 

Zachary Taylor thought himself an unlikely candidate for the presidency.  But, his popularity as a Mexican War hero propelled him to the top of the Whig ticket.

The election of 1848, the one in which he was a candidate, was the first election Taylor ever voted.


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Campaign Poster

 

Union, five-color woodcut by Thomas W. Strong, c. 1848

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