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Zachary Taylor (1784 – 1850)

Life in Brief: At the time he became President, Zachary Taylor was the most popular man in America, a hero of the Mexican-American War. However, at a time when Americans were confronting the explosive issue of slavery, he was probably not the right man for the … more life in brief »

Essays about Zachary Taylor

About His Administration

First Lady
Margaret Taylor
Secretary of State
John M. Clayton (1849–1850)
Secretary of the Interior
Thomas Ewing (1849–1850)
Postmaster General
Jacob Collamer (1849–1850)
Secretary of the Treasury
William M. Meredith (1849–1850)
Secretary of the Navy
William B. Preston (1849–1850)

Facts about Zachary Taylor

12th President of the United States (1849 – 1850)
November 24, 1784, near Barboursville, Virginia
Political Party
July 09, 1850
"Old Rough and Ready"
June 21, 1810, to Margaret Mackall Smith (1788–1852)
Ann Margaret Mackall (1811–1875), Sarah Knox (1814–1835), Octavia Pannill (1816–1820), Margaret Smith (1819–1820), Mary Elizabeth (1824–1909), Richard (1826–1879)
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, near Louisville, Kentucky

Letters of Zachary Taylor (1908)

In all disputes between conflicting governments it is our interest not less than our duty to remain strictly neutral . . . .
March 5, 1849

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Michael F. Holt

Professor Holt is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. His writings include:

The Civil War and Reconstruction (Co-authored with Jean H. Baker and David Herbert Donald, W.W. Norton, 2001)

The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Political Parties and American Political Development from the age of Jackson to the age of Lincoln (Louisiana State University Press, 1992)

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