May marks two key anniversaries in the conflict between the United States and Mexico that set in motion the Civil War—and led to the acquisition of half of Mexico's territory by the United States. As we reflect on Veterans Day and the ongoing 2024 presidential campaign, it is an opportune time to delve into the presidency of Zachary Taylor, who served as the U.S. President during the Mexican-American War.
The Mexican-American War, which took place from 1846 to 1848, was a significant conflict over vast territories in the American West. The United States sought to acquire these territories, and the war ultimately resulted in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which granted the United States control over a substantial portion of Mexico's land.
Zachary Taylor, a renowned general and national hero in the United States Army, played a pivotal role in this conflict. Taylor's military expertise and leadership during the Mexican-American War established him as a prominent figure in American history. Prior to his presidency, Taylor had already gained recognition for his service in the War of 1812.