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Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor: A Chronology of His Life and Career

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.

November 24, 1784 Montebello Born near Barboursville, Virginia.
1785 Springfield 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.
July 9, 1850 Taylor's Tomb Died in the White House.

Mexican War
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