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Zachary Taylor: A Resource Guide

Zachary Taylor, half-length portrait, head in profile to the right
Zachary Taylor, half-length portrait, head in profile to the right.
1 photograph: half plate daguerreotype, gold toned.
[between 1844 and 1849]
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

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America's Library

Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's Library provides the following stories related to Zachary Taylor:

Jump Back in Time: The Battle of Buena Vista, February 23, 1847

Jump Back in Time: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Was Signed In Mexico City, February 2, 1848

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages. Search this collection to find newspaper articles that reference Zachary Taylor from this time period.

A selection of articles related to Taylor includes:


American Treasures of the Library of Congress

This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed are organized according to the three categories that Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination. The exhibition includes a satirical print on Zachary Taylor's attempts to deal with the question of slavery in 1850.

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this online exhibition, including documents and images related to Zachary Taylor's inauguration in 1849.

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

A finding aid for the Zachary Taylor papers in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Taylor, Zachary, 1784 1850 to find digital images related to Taylor such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Zachary Taylor to locate additional images.


The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of more than 725 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864, including two photographs of Zachary Taylor.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes, including Taylor's birthplace in Orange County, Virginia, and the Zachary Taylor House, also known as "Springfield," in Kentucky.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of Zachary Taylor.

Today in History

February 2

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in Mexico City on February 2, 1848, ending the Mexican War and extending the boundaries of the United States west to the Pacific Ocean.

February 23

United States General Zachary Taylor was victorious over Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in the Battle of Buena Vista on February 23, 1847. Santa Anna's loss at Buena Vista, coupled with his defeat by General Winfield Scott at the Battle of Cerro Gordo in April of that year, secured U.S. victory in the Mexican American War.

May 8

On May 8, 1846, General Zachary Taylor defeated a detachment of the Mexican army in a two-day battle at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma.

May 21

On May 21, 1796, attorney and statesman Reverdy Johnson was born in Annapolis, Maryland. Johnson represented Maryland, a slaveholding state south of the Mason-Dixon line as a Whig, in the U.S. Senate from 1845-49 and again following the Civil War as a Democrat from 1863-68. Under President Zachary Taylor, he served as attorney general from 1849 until Taylor's death in 1850.

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Primary Documents in American History

This site offers a list of some of the most important documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each document has a page with background information, links to digital material associated with the documents, and bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Documents related to Zachary Taylor include the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Compromise of 1850.

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