Zachary Taylor : ザカリー・テイラー

Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) was the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Taylor previously was a career officer in the United States Army, rose to the rank of major general and became a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican–American War, which won him election to the White House despite his vague political beliefs. His top priority as president was preserving the Union, but he died sixteen months into his term, before making any progress on the status of slavery, which had been inflaming tensions in Congress.

Taylor was born into a prominent family of planters who migrated westward from Virginia to Kentucky in his youth. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1808 and made a name for himself as a Captain in the War of 1812. He climbed the ranks establishing military forts along the Mississippi River and entered the Black Hawk War as a Colonel in 1832. His success in the Second Seminole War attracted national attention and earned him the nickname “Old Rough and Ready”. In 1845, during the annexation of Texas President James K. Polk dispatched Taylor to the Rio Grande in anticipation of a battle with Mexico over the disputed Texas–Mexico border. The Mexican–American War broke out in April 1846, and Taylor defeated Mexican troops commanded by General Mariano Arista at the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma and drove his troops out of Texas. Taylor then led his troops into Mexico, where they defeated Mexican troops commanded by Pedro de Ampudia at the Battle of Monterrey. Defying orders, Taylor moved his troops further south, and despite being severely outnumbered, dealt a crushing blow to Mexican forces under Antonio López de Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista. Taylor’s troops were then transferred to the command of Major General Winfield Scott, but Taylor retained his popularity.

The Whig Party convinced the reluctant Taylor to lead their ticket in the 1848 presidential election, despite his unclear political tenets and lack of interest in politics. At the 1848 Whig National Convention, Taylor defeated Scott and former Senator Henry Clay to take the nomination. He won the general election alongside New York politician Millard Fillmore, defeating Democratic Party candidates Lewis Cass and William Orlando Butler, as well as a third-party effort led by former president Martin Van Buren and Charles Francis Adams, Sr. of the Free Soil Party. Taylor became the first president to be elected with no prior office.

As president, Taylor kept his distance from Congress and his cabinet, even though partisan tensions threatened to divide the Union. Debate over the status of slavery in the Mexican Cession dominated the political agenda and led to threats of secession from Southerners. Despite being a Southerner and a slaveholder himself, Taylor did not push for the expansion of slavery, and sought sectional harmony above all other concerns. To avoid the issue of slavery, he urged settlers in New Mexico and California to bypass the territorial stage and draft constitutions for statehood, setting the stage for the Compromise of 1850. Taylor died suddenly of a stomach-related illness in July 1850, with his administration having accomplished little aside from the ratification of the Clayton–Bulwer Treaty, and Fillmore served the remainder of his term. Historians and scholars have ranked Taylor in the bottom quartile of U.S. presidents, owing in part to his short term of office (16 months), and he has been called “more a forgettable president than a failed one.”

ザカリー・テイラー(1784年11月24日 – 1850年7月9日)は、第12代アメリカ合衆国大統領。在職中に死去した2人目の大統領である。当初は政治に無関心であったが、1848年にホイッグ党から大統領選に出馬、ルイス・カスを破って大統領に当選した。テイラーは在職中に奴隷を所有した最後の大統領であり、大統領選に勝利した最後のホイッグ党員だった。



ザカリー・テイラーは1784年11月24日にバージニア州オレンジ郡の農場で、農園主のリチャード・テイラーとサラ・ストローザー夫妻の間に生まれる。9人兄弟の3人の息子の中で末っ子であった。父親のリチャードはアメリカ独立戦争時にジョージ・ワシントンと共に戦った。テイラーはメイフラワー誓約に署名したピルグリム・ファーザーズの1人、ウィリアム・ブリュースターの子孫であった。彼はまた第4代大統領のジェームズ・マディソンのまた従兄弟であり、フランクリン・ルーズベルトロバート・E・リーが血縁関係にあった。ジェファーソン・デイヴィスは義理の息子になる。幼少期はケンタッキー州ルイビルの辺境地で丸太小屋に暮らし、家族が増えるにつれてレンガ造りの家で暮らすようになった。彼は7人の兄弟と共に暮らし、父親は1800年までに10,000エーカー (40 km2) の土地と26名の奴隷を所有した。ケンタッキーの辺境地には学校が存在せず、テイラーは父親と時々雇われた家庭教師から基礎的な教育しか受けなかった。彼は学業に優れなかったと伝えられ、彼の筆跡、スペル、および文法は「生涯粗雑で土臭い」ものだったとされる。テイラーは成長すると、軍に加わることを決心した。




1808年に中尉としての任務から始まり、米英戦争(1812年 – 1815年)、ブラック・ホーク戦争(1832年)および第二次セミノール戦争(1835年 – 1842年)と相次いで戦った。これらの戦争でテイラーはインディアンを次々と「虐殺する」という戦功を上げ、その都度昇進を重ねた。









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