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In office: March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850
Born: November 24, 1784, Barboursville, Virginia
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.
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