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President Zachary Taylor (12th President of the United States of America)

Updated on August 30, 2017

Basic Facts about Zachary Taylor

If you are looking for just the bare bones, for what you can find in the first paragraph of any reference book about Zachary Taylor, here they are.

Old Rough and Ready

  • Twelfth president (after James A. Polk and before Millard Fillmore)
  • A member of the Whig Party
  • Lived from November 24, 1784 to July 9, 1850
  • Served from 1849 -1850
  • Died in office
  • Married to Margaret Mackall Smith
  • Considered a hero of the Mexican War (and was a Brigadier General)

A Dollar Worth of ZT

A Dollar Worth of ZT
A Dollar Worth of ZT

Non-Basic Facts about Zachary Taylor

  • He never nominated a Supreme Court Justice.
  • His election was the first in which he ever voted.
  • Theories abound, but no one is 100% certain how he died.
  • Zachary Taylor had no middle name.

Twelve Cents Worth of ZT

Twelve Cents Worth of ZT
Twelve Cents Worth of ZT

Zachary Taylor's Cabinet - 1849-1850

  • Vice President - Millard Fillmore
  • Secretary of State - John M. Clayton
  • Secretary of Treasury - William M. Meredith
  • Secretary of War - George W. Crawford
  • Attorney General - Reverdy Johnson
  • Postmaster General - Jacob Collamer
  • Secretary of the Navy - William B. Preston
  • Secretary of the Interior - Thomas Ewing, Sr.

Where to Find More Information about President Taylor

For those of you who like to go deeper, here is where to look.

Books for Kids about Zachary Taylor

The idea that I should become President seems to me too visionary to require a serious answer. It has never entered my head, nor is it likely to enter the head of any other person.

-Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor's Birthplace - Barboursville, Virginia

Zachary Taylor Birthplace:
Barboursville, Virginia

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      8 years ago

      I don't know what was more interesting, this lens or the comment section (and the lens was mighty interesting). Well done :).

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      GuyB LM 

      8 years ago

      He was a very influential man and a real patriot. Mr Taylor was also the inspiration for the song "I gotta feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. Apparently Mr. Taylor always said "Tonight's gonna be a good good night" when he was president. His input was also critical to the invention of the auto tuner. In short, he was an unselfish lover, a good president and enjoyed the benefits of a high fiber diet.

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      Jennifer Einstein 

      9 years ago from New York City

      @wesleymorgan121: It's funny. The exact reason I did a lens on ZT is because I did a report on him for school about twenty years ago. Good luck!

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      9 years ago

      yes he loved to chew tobacco and so do i. he is my hero and the best president in the world!!! he also didn't really care about what people thought of him he did his own thing the way he wanted to and didn't care what other people thought. im in 11th grade and i go to tri west highschool in lizton indiana and i have to do a report on him so i have to go now before i get introuble not studying him

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You've sure gotten some interesting comments on this lens about President Zachary Taylor, haven't you? I am so sorry that my President's Day Quiz was not working when you visited. I just checked and it seems to be working fine so must have been a temporary problem. Lensrolling this one to it. Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      He was a wimp of a pres.

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      10 years ago

      I've been told he was my 5th great grandfather from my father's mother side. Her name was Pearl Taylor. Does anyone have a family tree to poke around in?

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      12 years ago

      that's my great great grandpa

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      12 years ago

      Nice chapter about President Zachary Taylor. Check out for more details about Camp Zachary Taylor, named for the 12th president, located in Louisville, Ky. Built in 1917, and changed Louisville forever. It was the largest training camp in the US during WW1.


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