Thursday, December 25, 2008

ZACHARY TAYLOR, 12TH PRESIDENT - Zachary Taylor took office as the 12th U.S. President on March 5, 1849. Previously he had no political experience and had never even voted in an election, with his own election to the presidency being based upon his having been a hero in the Mexican War. His presidency was cute short after being stricken with acute indigestion after attending a July 4th celebration at the Washington Monument in 1850, only a little over a year after he took office, and died several days later.