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Zachary Taylor

Presidency

What scandal befell the Taylor administration?

The Galphin Affair involved the Galphin family in Georgia who had a claim against the United States dating back to the 1770s. The government paid the family’s claim but the family asserted that it was entitled to interest in the amount of six-figures. The government paid the fee, but soon it was revealed that Taylor’s secretary of war, George M. Crawford, had previously represented the Galphin family and stood to gain from the payment. Taylor was upset by the matter and thought of replacing several members of his cabinet. But he was never able to carry out his plan, since he died soon afterwards.



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