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Orange in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

General Zachary Taylor

 
 
General Zachary Taylor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
1. General Zachary Taylor Marker
Inscription.
A valiant soldier
General Zachary Taylor
1784-1850

Twelfth President
of the United States
Born in Orange County Virginia
Erected by Orange County Post No. 156
The American Legion
1934

 
Erected 1934 by Orange County Post No. 156, The American Legion.
 
Location. 38° 14.714′ N, 78° 6.676′ W. Marker is in Orange, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (State Highway 20) and Madison Road (U.S. 15), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Click for map. Located on the Orange County Courthouse grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Orange VA 22960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montpelier and Madison's Tomb (a few steps from this marker); Orange Train Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Orange (about 500 feet away); Orange Graded School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lee's Headquarters (approx. 1.9 miles away); Wreck at the Fat Nancy (approx. 2.1 miles away); Oakley (approx. 2.1 miles away); Kemper's Grave (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Orange.
 
More about this marker.
General Zachary Taylor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
2. General Zachary Taylor Marker
Taylor was born at Montabello, an estate south of the city of Orange, and the subject of another Virginia State Marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Zachary Taylor. One of history's ironies is Taylor's stance on the building secessionist movement of the Southern states. As president, he made some rather stern statements, threatening to march an army to any seceded state. After his death, Taylor's son Richard served as a general in the Confederate army. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Taylor Autopsy. Taylor's rather sudden death fueled speculation over the years that he was assassinated, by poisoning. In 1991 his body was exhumed and tested for chemical traces. Results were negative with regard to arsenic poisoning. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. Taylor is buried in Louisville, Kentucky. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismPoliticsWar, Mexican-American
 
Marker Stone in the Courtyard Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
3. Marker Stone in the Courtyard
The marker stone can be seen under the shrub just to the right of the Confederate Monument on the Courtyard.
General Zachary Taylor Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. General Zachary Taylor
This portrait of Zachary Taylor by James Walker hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

“A career army officer, by the 1840s Zachary Taylor ­‘Old Rough and Ready’ was the commanding general of the southwestern territories. With the outbreak of the Mexican American War in 1846, Taylor led a small army that achieved victories against overwhelming odds at Palo Alto and Monterrey. With victory came public acclaim, which crested when Taylor won the Battle of Buena Vista in February 1847. The Whig Party capitalized by nominating Taylor for the presidency, and he was elected in 1848. Ironically, Taylor, who had become a wealthy Louisiana planter, had opposed the annexation of Texas, knowing that expansion would reopen the slavery question. Taylor died during debate over the Compromise of 1850, the attempt to integrate the Mexican territories into the Union without disturbing the status quo on the slavery issue.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,254 times since then. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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