13 Facts About Zachary Taylor

1. In 1938, Zachary Taylor would appear again on a US postage stamp, this time on the 12-cent Presidential Issue of 1938.

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2. On July 4, 1850, Zachary Taylor reportedly consumed copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk while attending holiday celebrations during a fund-raising event at the Washington Monument, which was then under construction.

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3. Throughout the summer of 1849, Zachary Taylor toured the northeastern US, to familiarize himself with a region of which he had seen little.

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4. At the 1848 Whig National Convention, Zachary Taylor defeated Clay and Winfield Scott to receive the Whig nomination for president.

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5. In his capacity as a career officer, Zachary Taylor had never publicly revealed his political beliefs before 1848 nor voted before that time.

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6. That same month, Zachary Taylor commanded American forces at the Battle of Palo Alto and the nearby Battle of Resaca de la Palma.

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7. In May 1828, Zachary Taylor was called back to action, commanding Fort Snelling in Michigan Territory on the northern Mississippi River for a year, and then nearby Fort Crawford for a year.

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8. In the meantime Zachary Taylor acquired his first Louisiana plantation and decided to move with his family to their new home in Baton Rouge.

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9. In late 1821, Zachary Taylor took the 7th Infantry to Natchitoches, Louisiana, on the Red River.

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10. In the Battle of Credit Island, Zachary Taylor defeated Indian forces, but retreated after the Indians were joined by their British allies.

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11. On May 3, 1808 Zachary Taylor joined the US Army, receiving a commission as a first lieutenant of the Seventh Infantry Regiment.

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12. In June 1810, Zachary Taylor married Margaret Mackall Smith, whom he had met the previous autumn in Louisville.

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13. At the 1848 Whig National Convention, Zachary Taylor defeated Scott and former Senator Henry Clay to take the nomination.

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