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PRESIDENT ZACHARY TAYLOR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/02/1848 - HFSID 283736

ZACHARY TAYLOR Autograph Letter signed one month before he was elected President (1848), mentioning a signer of the Declaration of Independence Autograph Letter signed: "Z. Taylor", 1 page, 7¾x9½ folded,15½ opened flat. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1848 October 2. To "Oscar T.

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ZACHARY TAYLOR
Autograph Letter signed one month before he was elected President (1848), mentioning a signer of the Declaration of Independence
Autograph Letter signed: "Z. Taylor", 1 page, 7¾x9½ folded,15½ opened flat. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1848 October 2. To "Oscar T. Keeler, Columbus, Mississippi". In full: "Your polite letter of the 18th ultimo has been duly received. I regret to inform you in reply that I can give you no information touching the papers of George Taylor, a signer of the Declaration of Independency from Pennsylvania. I am Sir, Very respectfully, your obedient servant". The popularity of war hero Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) led to his election as the 12th U.S. President (1849-1850). A 40-year veteran of the Army, Taylor was a veteran of several campaigns against the Indians, including the Black Hawk War and the Seminole wars. As a colonel, he won the Battle of Okeechobee on December 25, 1837, with a loss of only 26 men, resulting in his promotion to Brigadier General. In 1845, Congress passed a resolution for the annexation of Texas, which was then an independent republic. Taylor was sent to occupy disputed territory claimed by Mexico between the Rio Grande and Neuces Rivers, winning important battles against numerically superior forces at Palo Alto, Resaca de Palma, Monterrey and Buena Vista. He became a national hero, dubbed "Old Rough and Ready," leading the Whigs to nominate him for U.S. President. Elected as a Whig, Taylor alienated Congressional leaders of that party by refusing to support their program of high tariffs and a national bank. Although a Louisiana slave owner, he also angered southerners by taking a moderate stance on the slavery issue and threatening to lead the Army personally against any attempt at rebellion. Taylor died in office on July 9, 1850, after becoming ill from food he had eaten at a July 4th celebration. Taylor was the last slave-owning President. He was not related to Declaration signer George Taylor. It may seem surprising to a modern reader that Taylor would be in his home state, with time to answer a letter such as this one, only one month before the Presidential election. In the 19th century, however, the public expected candidates to stand, not run, for election. Active electioneering by the candidate was considered unseemly. Democrat William Jennings Bryan in 1896, and Republican Theodore Roosevelt in 1904, were the first to wage energetic public campaigns. Adhesive and paper residue (previous mounting) on back of conjoined page. Horizontal and vertical fold creases, not affecting signature. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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