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Zachary Taylor

12th President of the United States

(1849-1850)

"For more than half a century ... this Union has stood unshaken. Whatever dangers may threaten it, I shall stand by it and maintain it in its integrity to the full extent of the obligations imposed and the powers conferred upon me by the Constitution."

--Message to Congress, 1849


Full Name: Zachary Taylor

Born: November 24, 1784

Birthplace: "Montebello", Orange County, Virginia

Father: Richard Taylor (1744-1829)

Mother: Sarah Strother Taylor (1760-1822)

Wife: Margaret Taylor (1788-1852)

Married: June 21, 1810

Religious Preference: Episcopalian

Previous Experience: Military leader, farmer

Political Party: Whig

Age at Inauguration: 64

Term of Office: March 4, 1849 - July 9, 1850

Vice-President: Millard Fillmore (1849-1850)

Died: July 9, 1850

Age at Death: 65

Place of Burial: Louisville, Kentucky

President at Time of Death: Died in Office


Election Results

Year Candidate Name Electoral Vote Popular Vote
1848 Zachary Taylor (W) 163 1,360,099
  Lewis Cass (D) 127 1,220,544
  Martin Van Buren (FS) 0 291,501