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Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor served his country for 40 years as a soldier and for 16 months as President. His courage and ability during the Mexican War made him a national hero. He showed the same courage as President, but died before he could prove his full abilities as a statesman.

Chronology of His Life and Career

Montebello November 24, 1784 Born near Barboursville, Virginia.
Springfield 1785 Moved with family to Springfield, near Lousiville, Kentucky.
  1808 Appointed First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
  June 21, 1810 Married Margaret Mackall Smith.
  1812 Defended Fort Harrison against Tecumseh.
  1832 Received the surrender of Black Hawk.
  1837 Defeated the Seminole Indians at Lake Okeechobee.
  1841 Became Commander of the Second Department of the Western Division of the U.S. Army.
  1846 Defeated Mexican forces at Palo Alta and Resaca de la Palma, and captured Matamoros and Monterrey.
  1847 Defeated Santa Anna in the Battle of Buena Vista.
  1848 Elected President of the United States.
Taylor's Tomb July 9, 1850 Died in the White House.

See Also

Mexican War
Santa Anna

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