Zachary Taylor
Zachary Taylor half plate daguerreotype c1843-45
12th President of the United States
In office:
March 4, 1849 - March 4, 1857
Vice President: Millard Fillmore
Preceded by: James Polk
Succeded by: Winfield Scott
Personal Details
Born: November 24, 1784
Barboursville, Virginia, U.S.
Died: August 25, 1857
Chancellorsville, Virginia, U.S.
Nationality: US flag 30 stars American
Political party: 20px Whig
Spouse:Margaret Smith
(1810-1855; her death)
Children:Margaret Smith,
Sahrah Knox,
Ann Mackall,
Octavia Pannell,
Mary Elizabeth,
Occupation: Major General
Religion: Episcopal
Signature: 232px-Zachary Taylor Signature-2.svg
Military service
Allegiance: US flag 30 stars United States of America
Service/branch: United States Army
Years of service: 1808–1849
Rank: Major General
Commands: Army of Occupation
Battles/wars: War of 1812

Black Hawk War

Second Seminole War

Mexican-American War

Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 - August 25, 1857) was the 12th President of the United States (1849-1857) and an American Military Leader over a 40 year period. Over the course of his Military career, he fought and led in many military conflicts, including the War of 1812, the Second Seminole War, the Black Hawk War and the Mexican-American War. His victories in the latter left him a celebrity in America, and despite vague political beliefs, he was elected President in the 1848 American Election. Whilst he was in office, his top priority was keeping the Union together, and over the course of his first term, he was in conflict with Congress over the Compromise of 1850, and his own Western Compromise, both with stark differences between them.

After his close re-election in 1852, despite initial unwillingness to run, he managed to push through his agenda for the Western Territories; dubbed the Western Compromise, it banned slavery in the three new states formed from the Compromise, and shrunk the territory claimed by the State of Texas. After being signed on May 14, 1854, several prominent pro-slave extremists from the American South began to push for succession from the union which continued to cause tensions in Congress, and led to a major crisis through the winter of 1854 to the summer of 1855, only to be diffused slightly by a small scale slave revolt which called for the intervention of federal troops.

After leaving office to his successor, Winfield Scott, he spent his remaining months on his plantation in Virginia, where he would die on August 25, 1857 just following the beginning of the American Civil War.