Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Twelth President: Zachary Taylor - 0 comments

The parade of great Presidential Nicknames continues. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet:

"Old Rough & Ready"

Taylor earned the name by wearing a constantly-rumpled uniform during his long military career - serving in the Mexican-American War, the Black Hawk War, the War of 1812 and the Second Seminole War*. He was drafted by the Whig party to run for President, based solely on his popularity with the people, and became the first President to be elected without ever serving in any other public office. And like many of his military cohorts, he had never voted in an election.

Other interesting facts about President Taylor: he was a southern slaveholder, his daughter married the man who would become President of the Confederate States, he moved his Inauguration because it fell on a Sunday, and he died on Independence Day (possibly by drinking bad milk).

*Yes, I said the Second Seminole War. Apparently this war actually happened, and is not just made up to sound good. So says Wikipedia.


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