Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States and served from March 4, 1849 to July 9, 1850.

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Was president Zachary Taylor liberal?

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Pres. Taylor was elected President as a member of the Whig Party, which lasted between 1834-1856. The party split in the issue of slavery. The Conscience Whigs of New England and Mid-Atlantic States supported the abolition of slavery. The Cotton Whigs of the South, supported the expansion of slavery to the western territories of the United States. The Whig party also opposed the policies of President Andrew Jackson, which some members calling the President, "King Andrew". The Whig party had states' rights advocates, supporters of the American System, and in some respect supported the use of federal action when dealing with national problems. To say these views are liberal or conservative remains to be seen. After the party split due to the slavery issue, the Conscience Whigs joined the Republican Party while the Cotton Whigs joined the Democratic Party.
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What did Zachary Taylor do after president?

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get put in a coffin and buried. he died in office.
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What was Zachary Taylor's nickname?

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He was nicknamed "Old Rough and Ready" by the soldiers he commanded in the Mexican War, due to his personal courage and plainness in both policy and appearance. Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the US. His nickname was Old Rough and Ready. He was given the nickname due to his success in the Second Seminole War.
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What did Zachary Taylor do as president?

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Taylor opposed the Compromise of 1850 which was an attempt to settle the disputes about allowing slavery in the new territories and to appease the South by tightening the fugitive slave law. The compromise which proved to be failure, was passed after Taylor died. Clayton-Bulwer Treaty signed with Britain. This controversial treaty dealt with joint-control of any canals built across Central America Galphin Claim - scandal concerning kick-backs to Sec. of War Crawford from payments made to Galphin family. (longer discussion of Taylor and the slavery issues. ) Northerners and Southerners disputed sharply whether the territories wrested from Mexico should be opened to slavery, and some Southerners even threatened secession. Standing firm, Zachary Taylor was prepared to hold the Union together by armed force rather than by compromise. Even though he was a slave-owner, Taylor did not defend slavery or southern sectionalism; Although Taylor had subscribed to Whig principles of legislative leadership, he was not inclined to be a puppet of Whig leaders in Congress. He acted at times as though he were above parties and politics. Taylor tried to run his administration in the same rule-of-thumb fashion with which he had fought Indians. Traditionally, people could decide whether they wanted slavery when they drew up new state constitutions. Therefore, several acute side issues: the northern dislike of the slave market operating in the District of Columbia; and the southern demands for a more stringent fugitive slave law. In February 1850 President Taylor had held a stormy conference with southern leaders who threatened secession. He told them that if necessary to enforce the laws, he personally would lead the Army. Persons "taken in rebellion against the Union, he would hang ... with less reluctance than he had hanged deserters and spies in Mexico." He never wavered. Then events took an unexpected turn. After participating in ceremonies at the Washington Monument on a blistering July 4, Taylor fell ill; within five days he was dead. You can't do much in 491 days.
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How did Zachary Taylor die?

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Zachary Taylor died from bad cherries. He watched a funeral from the White House. He ate the bowl of milk and cherries and died the next day.
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Is James Madison really Zachary Taylor's cousin?

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Yes, They were second cousins. Zachary Taylor's paternal grandfather, also named Zachary Taylor, and James Madison's paternal grandmother, Frances Taylor Madison were brother and sister.
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Who was Zachary Taylor?

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Taylor was The 12th president of the USA (1849-1850) and one of two Whigs to be elected. He gained national fame as a US army general in the Mexican War. He was a slave owner and won the slave states. His Democratic opponent who took a moderate position on slavery was hurt by ex-president Martin Van Buren who ran as an anti-slavery third party candidate. He had no political experience and had not even voted in the past. He died in office from a sudden illness.
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What is Zachary Taylor's major contributions?

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Fighting in the Mexican American war.
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Who were Zachary Taylor's children?

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Zachary Taylor has one son and five daughters , two of whom died as children Anne Margaret Mackall Taylor (April 9, 1811- Dec., 1875) married Dr. Robert Crooke Wood Sarah Knox Taylor (March 6, 1814- Sept. 15, 1835) married Confederate President Jefferson Davis, died of malaria three months later Octavia P. Taylor (1816-1820) Margaret Smith Taylor (1819-1820) Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Taylor (Apr. 10, 1824-Jul. 25,1909) married William Wallace Smith Bliss in 1848; married Philip Pendleton Dandridge in 1858, served as White Hostess for her father. Richard "Dick" Taylor (Jan. 27,1826- April 12, 1879)
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Who ran against Zachary Taylor?

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Lewis Cass was Taylor's Democratic Party opponent. Lewis Cass. He ran against Polk.
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What was the name of Zachary Taylor's horse?

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"Old Whitey" was the war horse he kept at the White House.
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What were Zachary Taylor's last words?

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"I am not afraid to die. I have endeavored to do my duty."
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What job was held by both Harrison and Taylor?

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William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor both served as President of the United States.
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What was Zachary Taylors favorite food?

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Taylor was fond of creole cooking. Hr liked oyster-- oyster gumbo, oyster stew, roasted oysters and fried oysters.
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How tall was Zachary Taylor?

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Taylor was 5 feet 8 inches in height.
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How was Zachary Taylor able to become president in 1848?

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The incumbent president Polk declined to run for a second term which opened up the field. Taylor was a national hero for his success as a general in the recent Mexican War and having never been in politics had no political baggage. Slavery was the big issue, particularly what to do about the new territory acquired from Mexico. Taylor's opponent, Lewis Cass,came out against banning slavery in the new territory, but favored letting the people living in these territories vote on whether of not to allow slavery. Taylor, who was a major slave owner, did not take a stance on the issue, but pro-slavery people assumed he was on their side. Ex-president Martin Van Buren ran as anti-slavery third party candidate and pulled votes away from Cass and no doubt cost him New York, which was enough to swing a close election to Taylor.
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Was Zachary Taylor smart?

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He was not highly educated and was not a scholar but he was smart. You don't become a successful major general and the president of the US if you are not smart.

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