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Zachary TAYLOR

American Zachary TAYLOR

12th President of the United States

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on November 24, 1784 in Barboursville, Virginia, USA
Died: on July 09, 1850 in Washington, D.C., USA


Biography

Zachary Taylor was born on a farm, in Orange County, Virginia, to a prominent family of planters of English ancestry. He was the third of five surviving sons in his family (a sixth died in infancy), and had three younger sisters. His mother was Sarah Dabney (Strother) Taylor, and his father, Richard Taylor, had served as a lieutenant colonel in the American Revolution. Taylor was a descendant of Elder William Brewster, the Pilgrim colonist leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony, and passenger aboard the Mayflower and one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact; and Isaac Allerton Jr., a Colonial merchant and colonel who was the son of Mayflower Pilgrim Isaac Allerton and Fear Brewster. Descended from the same lineage was Taylor's second cousin, future President James Madison.

During his youth, Taylor lived on the frontier in Louisville, Kentucky, residing in a small woodland cabin during most of his childhood, before moving to a brick house as a result of his family's increased prosperity. The rapid growth of Louisville was a boon for Taylor's father, who would come to own 10,000 acres (40 km2) throughout Kentucky by the turn of the century, in addition to twenty-six slaves. Since there were no formal schools on the Kentucky frontier, Taylor had a sporadic education growing up. Although one of his schoolmasters would recount Taylor as a quick learner, his early letters show a weak grasp of spelling and grammar, and his handwriting would later be described as "that of a near illiterate".

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