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Zachary Taylor

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In office: March 4, 1849 July 9, 1850

Born: November 24, 1784, Barboursville, Virginia

Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor was an American military leader and the twelfth President of the United States.

Known as "Old Rough and Ready", Taylor had a 40-year military career in the U.S. Army, serving in the War of 1812, Black Hawk War, and Second Seminole War before achieving fame leading U.S. troops to victory at several critical battles of the Mexican-American War. 

A Southern slaveholder who opposed the spread of slavery to the territories, he was uninterested in politics but was recruited by the Whig Party as their nominee in the 1848 presidential election.

Died: July 9, 1850 (aged 65), Washington, D.C.

The cause of Zachary Taylor's death is not well understood. On July 4, 1850, Taylor consumed a snack of milk and cherries at an Independence Day celebration. Upon his sudden death, five days later on July 9, the cause was listed as gastroenteritis.

Where is Zachary Taylor buried?

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
  • Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

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Angels on your pillowZachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

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