Jefferson Finis Davis, Montebello, Orange County, Virginia, President Zachary Taylor, Sarah Dabney Taylor

Montebello – The Birthplace Of President Zachary Taylor

On November 24, 1784, Zachary Taylor, who would become the last slaveholding U.S. President, was born at the Montebello house in Orange County, Virginia. Zachary Taylor’s parents were Colonel Taylor, whom was a Revolutionary War soldier, and Sarah Dabney Taylor.

In present day, only historical marker indicates the birthplace of President Zachary Taylor.

Author’s Note:

Zachary Taylor served in the Black Hawk War with Jefferson Finis Davis. After the war, Jefferson Davis began a courtship with Zachary Taylor’s daughter Sarah Knox Taylor. Zachary Taylor disapproved the the relationship since he did not want his daughter to be traveling with her husband all of the time, as he made his wife do during his decades of military service, so Jefferson Davis resigned from the military to court Sarah. However, a mere three months after marriage Sarah Taylor caught malaria on the way to the Davis family home and passed away.

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