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Taylor, Zachary (Old Rough and Ready)

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Born: 1784 AD
Died: 1850 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Military Officer

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1784 – He was born on the 24th day of November this year in Montebello, near Barboursville in Orange County, Virginia.

 

1808 – He joined the U.S. Army, receiving a commission as a first lieutenant of the Seventh Infantry Regiment.

 

1810 – He met Margaret "Peggy" McCall Smith of Maryland in early this year and married this year too. He was promoted to captain in November of this year.

 

1812 – He had a 40-year military career in the U.S. Army, serving in the War of this year, Black Hawk War, and Second Seminole War after achieving fame while leading U.S. troops to victory at several critical battles of the Mexican-American War.

 

1848 – He was uninterested in politics but was recruited by the Whig Party as their nominee in this year presidential election.

 

1850 – As president, Taylor urged settlers in New Mexico and California to by-pass the territorial stage and draft constitutions for statehood, setting the stage for the Compromise in this year. He died this year too.


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