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Zachary Taylor Facts and Trivia

Birthday: November 24, 1784
Birthplace: Orange County, VA
College or University: n/a
Religion: Episcopalian
Occupation or Profession: Soldier
Military Rank: (2 Stars) Major General
Married: Margaret Smith Taylor
Children: Ann Taylor, Sarah Knox Taylor, Octavia P. Taylor, Mary Smith Taylor, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Taylor
President number: 12th
Political Party: Whig
Runner Up: Lewis Cass
Vice President: Millard Fillmore
Age at Inauguration: 64
Served: 1849-1850
Number of terms: less than 1
Other Offices or Commissions: n/a
Died: July 9, 1850 in Washington, DC
Age at Death: 65
Place of Burial: Louisville, KY

Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:

- Instead of going to college, Taylor became an Army officer.

- Taylor fought in the War of 1812 and various battles for and against Native American land disputes.

- Taylor's nickname was "Old Rough-and-Ready." He got this nickname from wearing old farm clothes into battle and living the same way as the soldiers.

- Taylor was a war hero from the Mexican-American War.

- Taylor was a slave owner, but he thought new states should be able to decide for themselves whether they would be a free or slave state.

- On July 4, 1850, Taylor celebrated Independence Day at the Washington Monument. He snacked on cherries that are believed to have bacteria on them. He got sick and died 5 days later.

- Taylor's favorite warhorse was named "Old Whitey."


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