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Zachary Taylor
Zachary Taylor

  • Born 24 November 1784 - Montebello, Orange Co., VA
  • Deceased 9 July 1850 - White House, Washington, D.C.,aged 65 years old
  • Buried - Zachary Taylor National Cem., Jefferson Co., KY
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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.
Born in Virginia in 1784, he was taken as an infant to Kentucky and raised on a plantation. He was a career officer in the Army, but his talk was most often of cotton raising. His home was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he owned a plantation in Mississippi.
But Taylor did not defend slavery or southern sectionalism; 40 years in the Army made him a strong nationalist.

He spent a quarter of a century policing the frontiers against Indians. In the Mexican War he won major victories at Monterrey and Buena Vista.
President Polk, disturbed by General Taylor's informal habits of command and perhaps his Whiggery as well, kept him in northern Mexico and sent an expedition under Gen. Winfield Scott to capture Mexico City. Taylor, incensed, thought that "the battle of Buena Vista opened the road to the city of Mexico and the halls of Montezuma, that others might revel in them."
"Old Rough and Ready's" homespun ways were political assets. His long military record would appeal to northerners; his ownership of 100 slaves would lure southern votes. He had not committed himself on troublesome issues. The Whigs nominated him to run against the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, who favored letting the residents of territories decide for themselves whether they wanted slavery.
In protest against Taylor the slaveholder and Cass the advocate of "squatter sovereignty," northerners who opposed extension of slavery into territories formed a Free Soil Party and nominated Martin Van Buren. In a close election, the Free Soilers pulled enough votes away from Cass to elect Taylor.
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. As disheveled as always, 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, to end the dispute over slavery in new areas, Taylor urged settlers in New Mexico and California to draft constitutions and apply for statehood, bypassing the territorial stage.
Southerners were furious, since neither state constitution was likely to permit slavery; Members of Congress were dismayed, since they felt the President was usurping their policy-making prerogatives. In addition, Taylor's solution ignored 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. After his death, the forces of compromise triumphed, but the war Taylor had been willing to face came 11 years later. In it, his only son Richard served as a general in the Confederate Army.

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                                                                             _____|16_James Taylor, Col. 1635-1698
                                                   _____|8_James Taylor, Col. 1675-1730
                                                  /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|17_Frances Walker 1640-1680
                         _____|4_Zachary Taylor 1707-1768
                        /                        \                          _____|18_William Thompson, Col. 1625-1701
                       /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|9_Martha Thompson 1679-1762
                      /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|19_Martha Elizabeth Buttall 1637-ca 1690
|2_Richard Lee Taylor, Col. 1744-1829
|                    \                                                     _____|20_Richard Henry Lee, Col. /1618-1664
|                     \                           _____|10_Hancock Lee, Capt. 1652-1709
|                      \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|21_Anne Owen Constable 1622-1705
|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Elizabeth Lee 1709-1780..1790
|                                                \                          _____|22_Isaac Allerton, Col. 1627-1702
|                                                 ¯¯¯¯¯|11_Sarah Elizabeth Allerton 1670..1671-1731
|                                                                           ¯¯¯¯¯|23_Elizabeth Willoughby 1635-1672/
|--1_Zachary Taylor, President 1784-1850
|                                                                           _____|24_William Strother 1665-1726
|                                                  _____|12_Francis Thornton Strother 1698..1702-1752
|                                                 /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|25_Margaret Thornton 1678-1727/
|                       _____|6_William Strother 1726-1808
|                      /                        \
|                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Susannah Dabney 1698..1700-ca 1752
|3_Sarah Dabney Strother 1760-1822
                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Sarah Bailey ca 1720-1774