12) ZACHARY TAYLOR
President from 1849 to 1850, which means...
...we have our second President to die in office in less than a decade!
A war hero, due to the role he played in the Mexican-American conflict, Zachary Taylor became President more due to the will of the Whig party who saw him as a rallying figurehead, rather than his own desire to lead the country.
He barely played a part in his own campaign, declining to meet voters or broadcast his own political views.
He was the last slave-owning President.
The outgoing President, James K. Polk regarded Taylor as "wholly unqualified for the station" of President.
Died of an intestinal disease, closely related to cholera.
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