July 23, 2014

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 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant, bust sculpture, facing slightly right

Today in History–April 27–the Library of Congress features Ulysses S. Grant, born on this day in 1822.  Find out more about this military leader and U.S. president by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary sources and resources about the 17th president of the United States. Ulysses S. Grant books & articles Stories from America’s Library Ulysses S. Grant Was Born April 27, 1822 General Ulysses S. Grant Attempted to Take … [Read more...]