On this day in 1784, 12th president Zachary Taylor was born in Orange County, Virginia
November 24, 2023
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On this day in 1784, 12th president Zachary Taylor was born in Orange County, Virginia. A war hero and general in the Mexican American War, Taylor’s presidential term lasted less than two years. During that short time, he strove to keep the nation together as friction grew over slavery’s expansion into the West.
Did you know? Taylor was a slaveholder but was seen as neither a friend to slaveholders nor abolitionists. When southern leaders threatened secession in 1850, he threatened to personally lead an army to enforce national unity, hanging anyone who partook in rebellion. Ironically, Taylor’s only son would serve as a Confederate general 11 years later.
Zachary Taylor, James Lambdin, 1848