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by John T. Marck

12th President

Term- March 4, 1849 to July 9, 1850

Whig Party

Birth: "Montebello", Orange County, Virginia, November 24, 1784.

Ancestry: English

Marriage: Jefferson County, Kentucky, June 21, 1810 to Margaret Mackall Smith, who was born in Calvert County, Maryland, September 21, 1788. Margaret died near Pascagoula, Mississippi, August 18, 1852 and is buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.

Children: Anna Mackall (1811-1875); Sarah Knox (1814-1835); (Sarah Knox married Jefferson Davis, June 17, 1835 in Lexington, Kentucky. Davis became President of the Confederate

States of America in 1861.) Octavia Pannill (1816-1820); Margaret Smith (1819-1820); Maly Elizabeth (1824-1909); Richard (1826-1879).

Home: "Springfield", Louisville, Kentucky.

Education: Limited tutorial

Religion: Episcopalian

Occupation before Presidency: Soldier, farmer.

Military Service: Volunteer in Kentucky Militia (1803); Major general U.S. Army (1808-1849).

Age at Inauguration: 64

Taylor Administration: Vice President: Millard Fillmore of New York, Inauguration March 4, 1849, The Capital, Washington, D.C.

Death: Washington, D.C., July 9, 1850.

Cause of Death: Coronary thrombosis at the age of 65.

Place of Burial: Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.

Interesting Facts:

Taylor's death came after only 16 months in office. During his 40 years as a soldier, he fought the British, the Sauk, Fox, and Seminole Indian tribes, and the Mexicans. His men called him "Old Rough and Ready" because he scorned fine, neat military uniforms.

Copyright 1993-2022 by John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. From The Presidents of the United States by John T. Marck.