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Today in history: The president dies after just 16 months in office
Zachary Taylor's cause of death was never determined
 
Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850), American general and the 12th president of the USA.
Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850), American general and the 12th president of the USA. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

July 9, 1850: Zachary Taylor died. He was the 12th president, serving from 1849-50. He had fallen ill on the 4th of July. Known as "Old Rough and Ready," President Taylor died just 16 months into his term. The cause of his death was never determined. After his death, Vice President Millard Fillmore was sworn in, becoming the 13th president. Fillmore's swearing in capped a tumultuous time in the history of the American presidency: six presidents in nine years.

July 9, 1951: President Truman asked Congress to formally end America's state of war with Germany.

Quote of the Day

"It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe." –Zachary Taylor

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