President Zachary Taylor
|Military||USA Army / Major General / Mexican American War|
|History||9 MAY 1846||Battle of Resaca de la Palma|
|History||FEB 1847||Battle of Buena Vista|
|Election||1848||USA Presidential Election|
Birth 1784 VA
Spouse Name: Margaret Mackall Smith
Spouse Birth Year: 1788
Marriage Year: 1810
Zachary became the 12th President of the United States.
-- Ancestors of American Presidents by Gary Boyd Roberts
Zachary TAYLOR, 12th President of the United States
Margaret Mackall SMITH
Husband: Zachary TAYLOR
Birth: 24 Nov 1784, Montebello, near Barboursville, Orange Co., VA
Death: 9 Jul 1850, Washington, DC
Disposition: buried Zachary Taylor national Cemetery, near Louisville, KY
Occupation: soldier (rank, General)
Father: Col. Richard TAYLOR, Sr.
Mother: Sarah Dabney STROTHER
Marriage: 21 Jun 1810, Jefferson Co., KY
Wife: Margaret Mackall "Peggy" SMITH
Birth: 21 Sep 1788, Calvert Co., MD
Death: 18 Aug 1852, East Pascagoula, MS
Father: Walter SMITH
Mother: Ann MACKALL
1850 Federal Census, Washington, DC, 31 August, page 125 (63), Hse #930, Fam #983
Zachary Taylor 66 M Prest US $100 Real Estate b Virginia [b abt 1784]
Margaret Taylor 64 F Maryland [b abt 1786]
Minnesota Cemetery Inscription Index, Select Counties
Birth Date: 24 Nov 1784
Death Date: 9 Jul 1850
Comments: SP. MARGARET MACKALL SMITH. PAR. LT. COL. RICHARD & SARAH DABNEY STROTHER TAYLOR. DIED WASHINGTON, D.C. TWELFTH USA PRES.
12th US President. Taylor fought in the War of 1812 and vanquished the Seminoles in Florida. He antagonized the South by advocating the integration of California (a non-slave state). He was the second President to die in office. He died 5 days after he became ill after attending a July 4th celebration at the Washington Monument.
In the late 1980's, author Clara Rising theorized that he was murdered by poison and was able to convince Taylor's closest living relative, as well as the Jefferson Co., KY Coroner, to order an exhumation. Since his wife would not allow embalming at the time of his death in 1850, his remains did not allow more extensive testing to be done. The results came back 9 days later that his body contained arsenic, but no more than what a normal human being would have and his death was ruled as severe gastroenteritis.
He was first buried in the Congressional Cemetery, Washington D.C. July 13, 1850. His remains were then shipped back to his home in Louisville, Kentucky on October 25, 1850.
There, they remained in the family vault until he and his wife were moved to their final resting place on May 6, 1926 in the mausoleum. He remained there undisturbed until June 17, 1991 when his body was brought out of the crypt for the exhumation. He was re-interred in the mausoleum next to his wife.
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