Zachary Taylor


Why was Taylor’s position on slavery surprising to some?

Taylor opposed the spread of slavery. This surprised some because Taylor was from Louisiana and, previously, Kentucky. He also owned slavers on his large plantation. But Taylor was a strong nationalist, and feared that the slavery question would tear apart the union. He strongly disagreed with those Southerners who advocated for secession.

An 1848 Currier & Ives portrait of President Zachary Taylor.


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