Zachary Taylor (1784-1850)
12th President of the United States
The 12th President of the United States.
Taylor was the first professional soldier to become
While not considered a brillian general,
Taylor was an able commander, highly respected by his
Zachery Taylor was born in Orange County, Virginia, on November 24, 1784. He was the third child (of eight surviving children) born to Colonel Richard Taylor and Sarah Strother Taylor. In 1785 the family moved to Kentucky. There young Taylor grew up on the family plantation near Louisville. He receive little formal education. He spent his early adult years working on the plantation, except for a brief service with the Kentucky militia in 1806.
Taylor married Margaret Mackall Smith (1788-1852), the daughter of a Continental Army major, in 1810. The Taylors had six children, four of whom survived to adulthood-Ann, Sarah, Mary Elizabeth, and Richard. During her husband's long army career, Mrs. Taylor followed him from on frontier post to another. As First Lady, she rarely made public appearances.
©1991 New Standard Encyclopedia Standard Education Corporation Chicago.
President Zachery Taylor was my 4th cousin, eight times removed.
He was 3rd great-grandson of John Taylor I and Elizabeth Taylor, my 11th great-grandparents.
15th. John Taylor (b.1478) m.
Susan Rowland (b.1482)
Back to Main Page