Taylor, Zachary Known as "Old Rough and Ready." 1784-1850.
The 12th president of the United States (1849-1850). An army officer in the Black Hawk War (1832) and the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), he became a national hero during the Mexican War (1846-1848), was elected president (1848), and died in office (1850).
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