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Did You Know?

He was the second president to die--from illness-- in office and the second president to die in the White House.
His nickname was "Old Rough and Ready," due to his slovenly dress.
He was the first president not previously elected to any other public office.
After his participation in the Mexican-American War, he was considered a military hero.


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Zachary Taylor
(November 24, 1784 - July 9, 1850)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Betty Taylor Bliss, Daughter
Wife's Maiden Name: Margaret "Peggy" Smith
Number of Children: 6
Education Level: No College
Religion: Episcopalian
Profession: Military
Military Service: Major General

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/5/1849 - 7/9/1850
Presidency Number: 12
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Died in office
Party: Whig
His Vice President(s): Millard Fillmore
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Montebello
Gravesite: Zachary Taylor National Cemetery

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
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Programming includes:

Zachary Taylor Life Portrait: From Zachary Taylor National Cemetery - Louisville, KY
 Guests included: Elbert Smith, author, The Presidencies of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore; Dr. William Gist, owner, Springfield; Gary Peak, director, Zachary Taylor National Cemetery; and Clara Rising (NOTE: Clara Rising's theory that President Taylor died from poisoning, not from gastreonitis, led to the 1991 exhumation of his remains)  Watch | Order Videotape
Mark Wertherington, director, Filson Club Historical Society and James Holmberg, curator of Special Collections, Filson Club Historical Society, on Taylor's papers Watch
Dr. William Greathouse, coroner, on the 1991 exhumation of Zachary Taylor Watch
David Grubin, filmmaker, on making documentaries about presidents Watch    

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