12. Zachary Taylor

Nov. 24, 1784 -- July 9, 1850<br>
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State: Kentucky; Religion: Episcopalianism<br>
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Marriage: Margaret "Peggy" Mackall Smith<br>
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Military service: A career military officer 1808-1848, he served in the War of 1812.<br>
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Party: Whig<br>
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Term: March 5, 1849 - July 9, 1850 (died in office)<br>
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Vice president: Millard Fillmore<br>
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Highlights of presidency: Though a slave owner himself, Taylor opposed the extension of slavery and many aspects of what would become known as the Compromise of 1850 favorable to the South.<br>
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Did you know? Taylor had never held a political office before becoming president. His nickname was "Old Rough and Ready," but he rode sidesaddle into every battle.
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Nov. 24, 1784 -- July 9, 1850

State: Kentucky; Religion: Episcopalianism

Marriage: Margaret "Peggy" Mackall Smith

Military service: A career military officer 1808-1848, he served in the War of 1812.

Party: Whig

Term: March 5, 1849 - July 9, 1850 (died in office)

Vice president: Millard Fillmore

Highlights of presidency: Though a slave owner himself, Taylor opposed the extension of slavery and many aspects of what would become known as the Compromise of 1850 favorable to the South.

Did you know? Taylor had never held a political office before becoming president. His nickname was "Old Rough and Ready," but he rode sidesaddle into every battle.

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