Zachary Taylor Quotes

Being President

"The idea that I should become President seems to me too visionary to require a serious answer. It has never entered my head, nor is it likely to enter the head of any other person." Zachary Taylor "I have no private purpose to accomplish, no party objectives to build up, no enemies to punish—nothing to serve but my country." Zachary Taylor Source: ". . . I can and shall yield to no call that does not come from the spontaneous action and free will of the nation at large and void of the slightest agency of my own . . . In no case can I permit myself to be a candidate of any part, or yield myself to any party schemes." Zachary Taylor Source: ords.htm


"In the discharge of duties my guide will be the Constitution, which I this day swear to preserve, protect, and defend." Zachary TaylorSource:


It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe. Zachary Taylor Source:

Jefferson Davis

"I will be damned if another daughter of mine shall marry into the Army. I know enough of the family life of officers. I scarcely know my own children or they me. I have no personal objections to Lieutenant [Jefferson] Davis." Zachary Taylor Source: ords.htm

Last Words

I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me. Zachary Taylor


"For more than half a century, during which kingdoms and empires have fallen, this Union has stood unshaken. The patriots who formed it have long since descended to the grave; yet still it remains, the proudest monument to their memory...." Zachary Taylor Source:

Santa Anna

"Tell him to go to hell." (His reply to Mexican General Santa Anna's demand for surrender)" Zachary Taylor Source: ords.htm

United States

"Upon its preservation [the United States] must depend our own happiness and that of countless generations to come. Whatever dangers may threaten it, I shall stand by it and maintain it in its integrity to the full extent of the obligations imposed and the power conferred upon me by the Constitution." (1849) Zachary Taylor Source: ords.htm "In conclusion I congratulate you, my fellow-citizens, upon the high state of prosperity to which the goodness of Divine Providence has conducted our common country. Let us invoke a continuance of the same protecting care which has led us from small beginnings to the eminence we this day occupy" Zachary Taylor Source:Inaugural Address, March 5, 1849


"The power given by the Constitution to the Executive to interpose his veto is a high conservative power; but in my opinion it should never be exercised except in cases of clear violation of the Constitution, or manifest haste and want of due consideration by Congress." Zachary Taylor Source:


"I am a Whig, but not an ultra-Whig." Zachary Taylor Source: taylor.htm


"I wish my plantation and servants kept together for ten years, and after paying the several legacies referred to, the net proceeds of my crops to be equally divided between my two daughters . . . I wish the servants only moderately worked and kindly treated, and the old ones taken care of and made comfortable, which I hope my children have attended to. . . . I give my daughter Mary Elizabeth, . . . the servant woman Mary, a slave for life, . . . and her four children, forever, to dispose of as she may think proper." Zachary Taylor Source: ords.htm US President's Web Ring Home Page Back To Howie's Great Democratic Quote Page Howie's Stupid GOP Quote Page MidnightFlyer's Homepage Great Democratic Speeches

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