I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States of America. He held the office from March 4, 1849 until July 9, 1850. He was, also, a major general of the United States Army. He was a career officer in the Army and seen as a national hero.
Zachary Taylor was born in 1784 in Barboursville, Virginia. He had four brothers and three younger sisters. His family were planters and owned slaves. He and his family moved and settled on a plantation near Louisville, Kentucky. Living on the Kentucky frontier led to only an occasional formal education.
In 1808, Taylor joined the United States Army. Key battles he was in include ones in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and the Mexican-American War. He took time for marriage and family between periods of service.
Zachary Taylor married Margaret Mackall in 1810. They had six children, including five girls and one boy. One girl died in infancy and one died as a child.
Zachary Taylor’s nickname was Old Rough and Ready. He earned this nickname while he was an officer in the Army. He was respected as an officer who was willing to get his boots dirty alongside his men.
After his election, Zachary Taylor did not resign his Western Division command until January of 1849. He was a southern slave owner, but wished to preserve the Union. His election came during a calm time in regards to foreign affairs. His major accomplishment in this area was regarding an inter-oceanic canal in Central America.
Holiday celebrations on July 4, 1850 led to Zachary Taylor becoming ill. There have been people that disagree, however most feel raw fruit and ice milk he consumed resulted in digestive issues that resulted in his sickness. This and perhaps inappropriate treatment led to his death on July 9, 1850. He was the last President to own slaves, one of four Whig party Presidents, and was the second President to die while in office. He has been memorialized with postage stamps and places named after him.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!