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Zachary Taylor: A Resource Guide

Zachary Tayler, a general in the U.S. Army and hero of the Mexican-American War, served as the twelfth U.S. president from 1849 to 1850. This guide provides access to digital materials, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Zachary Taylor, including the Zachary Taylor Papers held in the Library's Manuscript Division. Born in Virginia on November 24, 1784, Taylor served in the U.S. Army in the War of 1812 (1812-15), the Black Hawk War (1832), the Second Seminole War (1835-42), and the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-47). Taylor was nominated for the presidency by the Whig Party, with Millard Fillmore as the vice presidential candidate. Taylor was elected the twelfth president of the United States in 1848, serving until his death on July 9, 1850.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Zachary Taylor such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Taylor and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.