|Cause of Death||Age||Burial Location||President Grave #|
|Cholera morbus||65||Louisville, Kentucky||14th in my collection|
* Old Rough and Ready was not
destined to be the president for long, though. On July 4, 1850 the
president took part in a ceremony that was being held at the Washington
Monument, which was under construction at the time. It was an extremely
hot day, and when the president returned to the White House he consumed a
large bowl of cherries and a pitcher of
iced milk. Later that evening Taylor took ill, complaining of pains.
Doctors used several remedies to cure the president, but as was the case
with Washington and Harrison prior, these methods only made Taylor's
condition worsen. He ended up passing away several days later.
* Over time several rumors surfaced about President Taylor's death; rumors that said he had been poisoned by political rivals. Eventually, after years of speculation, it was decided that the matter had to be put to rest once and for all. In 1991, with the consent of Taylor's descendants, the old soldier's body was exhumed. Several strands of hair and pieces of tissue were removed from his corpse and were tested to see if they displayed any signs of foul play. All tests for arsenic came up negative, and the president was laid to rest once more.
First Lady: Margaret Smith Taylor
- Spouse: Margaret Smith Taylor (m. 1810-1850)
Political Party: Whig Party
Vice President: Millard Fillmore
Last Words: "I am about to die. I expect the summons very soon... I have
tried to discharge all of my duties faithfully. I regret nothing, but
I am sorry that I am about to leave my friends."