U.S. President Zachary Taylor was a career officer who served in the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk and Seminole Wars, where he earned the nickname “Old Rough and Ready.” He became a major general in the Army and was a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican-American War. Taylor had no political interest, but the Whig Party supported his nomination, and he was elected president. Zachary Taylor was from a family of Southern planters and a slaveholder but did not push for the expansion of slavery. His top priority was preserving the Union, but in 1850, after 16 months in office and having made no progress on the issue of slavery, he died suddenly of a stomach-related illness.
There are three separate branches of government in the United States; the legislative, executive, and judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, the elected head of state, and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. The executive branch is responsible for executing and enforcing federal law and appointing heads of all executive agencies and federal commissions. The president is responsible for promoting diplomacy with other nations, issuing executive orders, and signing pardons and international treaties. When legislation is passed in Congress, the president has the power to sign or veto bills. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural-born citizen of the U.S., at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. Elections are held every four years and the president is limited to two, four-year terms.
The Zachary Taylor biographical history mug is part of our Presidential series. The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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