January 23, 2017

Today in History: Zachary Taylor

For president of the people, Zachary Taylor
Today in History–May 8–the Library of Congress features Zachary Taylor, who led U.S. troops to defeat the Mexican army in a two-day battle at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma on this day in 1846. Two years later he became president of the United States but his term was short; he died in office after serving only 16 months. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about this general and 12th U.S. president.

Primary source sets

Selected 19th-century magazine articles

Stories from America’s Library

More resources

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