Zachary Taylor was elected as the twelfth US President in the year of 1849 and worked in the President's office till 9th July, 1850. His Presidency was cut off by his untimely death at the age of 65.
Zachary Taylor was born in a log cabin in Orange County, Virginia on November 1784. His infancy and childhood was spent in a plantation of Kentucky. Zachary Taylor was an officer in the army, which he joined on the 3rd of May 1808. With the passage of time Zachary Taylor became an efficient military commander and was soon promoted to be a Major, then a lieutenant colonel, and finally a brigadier general. the most important battles that were fought under Zachary Taylor include:
- the Battle of Fort Harrison
- the Black Hawk War
- the Battle of Lake Okeechobee
Zachary Taylor had no political inclinations as such but in the year 1848, he received the Whig nomination for Presidency. Although, Zachary Taylor like many army personnels of his time was disinterested in politics.
He was a war hero with unquestioned patriotism and these were his most endearing aspects to his countrymen. Zachary Taylor was successful in defeating Lewis Cass, the Democratic candidate, and Martin Van Buren, the Free Soil candidate.
To the astonishment of the Whigs, Zachary Taylor was ignorant about the Whig platform. Zachary Taylor made it clear that his adherence to the Whig principles of legislative leadership did not mean that he would abide by the wishes of the Whig party. His views regarding the tariff, the banking,and internal improvements did not totally adhere to Whig's views on these issues.
It was under the leadership of Zachary Taylor that the Department of the Interior of the United States was organized and Thomas Ewing, the former treasury Secretary was appointed as the Secretary of the Interior. This department is mainly focused on the security of the nation.
Zachary Taylor died while still in office in the year 1850. the reason of Zachary Taylor's death is a little vague and can be debated, although it is generally attributed to gastroenteritis. An eulogy was given by Abraham Lincoln at his funeral.
Some of the famous quotations by Zachary Taylor are as such:
- "It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe"
- "I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me".
Last Updated on: September 29th, 2017