|Cause of Death||Age||Burial Location||President Grave #|
|Cholera morbus||65||Louisville, Kentucky||14th in my collection|
* Margaret Taylor, the general's wife, was not fond of her husband's military lifestyle. She frequently prayed to God, promising that if he returned to her safely she would forgo all social events and fun. Zachary and Margaret were reunited after his service in the army ended, but she became alarmed when he decided to make a run at the presidency. Fearing something dreadful would happen to her spouse she once again prayed, this time to ask that her husband lose the election of 1848. This time, her prayers were not answered.
* Zachary Taylor came into office at a very important time in America's history, as the debate about slavery was growing more and more heated. While the president himself was a slave owner, he did not support the expansion of slavery into new states and territories. It was for this reason that he argued against the Compromise of 1850, which Taylor felt fell in favor of slavery. In order to put a halt to the deal Taylor stated that he would veto the Compromise, which is something the president can do to try to stop the progression of a bill he does not approve of.
* 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 (1788-1852)
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."