Zachary Taylor Warner was born on October 1, 1814 in Wadesville, Virginia. He was the first child of John and Martha Warner. His father was a blacksmith and his mother was a homemaker. As a young boy, Zachary loved adventuring in the woods near his home. He often dreamed of becoming a solider like his grandfather who fought in the Revolutionary War. In 1832, at the age of eighteen, Zachary’s dream came true when he enlisted in the United States Army. He served with distinction in various campaigns against Native Americans. In 1845, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and given command of the Second Brigade of the Army’s newly formed Seventh Infantry Regiment. By 1848, Warner had been transferred to Fort Hamilton in New York Harbor where he met and married Julia McLane, the daughter of a wealthy New York family. The couple would go on to have four children together. In 1850, Warner was once again called to active duty to serve in the Mexican-American War. He saw action in several major battles including Cerro Gordo, Contreras-San Patricio, Churubusco, and Molino del Rey.
Meet Zachary Taylor Warner
Zachary Taylor Warner was born on October 11, 1784, in Virginia. His father, Richard Taylor, was a planter and a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. His mother, Sarah Dabney Strother, was also a planter. Zachary had six siblings: Ann Maria (1786–1837), Elizabeth (1788–1852), Sarah (1791–1861), Peter (1793–1829), Margaret (1795–1873), and George Washington (1799–1883).
Zachary’s father died when he was just eight years old. As the oldest son, Zachary inherited his father’s plantation and slaves. He received little formal education but learned to read and write at home. When he was sixteen years old, Zachary joined the Virginia militia and served in the Northwest Indian War. He rose to the rank of captain during his time in the militia.
In 1808, Zachary married Elizabeth “Betsey” Lee Woodson. The couple had five children together: Ann Maria (1809–1811), Lucy Taylor (1811–1975), Sarah Dabney (1814–1903), Margaret Strother (1816–1907), and RichardTaylor Jr. (1819–1920).
In 1810, Zachary moved with his family to Kentucky, where he purchased a farm near Louisville. He also became involved in politics and was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1812. He served in the House until 1816, when he was elected to the Kentucky Senate. He served in the Senate until 1820, when he resigned to run for Congress.
Zachary was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1820 and served until 1822. He did not seek reelection in 1822 but ran for governor of Kentucky instead. He lost the election but was appointed commissioner of Indian affairs by President James Monroe in 1824. He served in this position until 1828, when he resigned to run for Congress again.
Zachary was elected to the United States House of Representatives for a second time in 1828 and served until 1830. He did not seek reelection in 1830 but was appointed minister plenipotentiary to Colombia by President Andrew Jackson in 1830. He served in this position until 1831, when he returned to Kentucky.
In 1832, Zachary was again elected to the United States House of Representatives and served until 1834. He did not seek reelection in 1834 but was appointed minister plenipotentiary to Mexico by President Jackson in 1835. He served in this position until 1836, when he returned to Kentucky once more.
Warner’s Early Life and Career
Born in 1784 in Virginia, Zachary Taylor was raised in a military family. His father served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and his grandfather fought in the French and Indian War. From a young age, Zachary knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps and become a soldier.
After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1808, Zachary began his career as a lieutenant in the 7th Infantry Regiment. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a captain during the War of 1812 and a major general during the Black Hawk War. In 1832, he was promoted to colonel and given command of the 1st Infantry Regiment.
Zachary’s military career led him to serve in many different parts of the country, including Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Texas, and Mexico. He gained a reputation as a skilled commander and brave fighter, leading his troops to victory in several important battles. In 1845, he was made a brigadier general in the regular army and given command of all American forces in Texas.
In 1846, war broke out between the United States and Mexico. Zachary led American troops into battle once again, this time as a major general. He won several key victories against the Mexican army, culminating in the capture of Mexico City. For his service during the war, he was nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready.”
The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg was a pivotal moment in the American Civil War. It was fought from July 1-3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Union army, led by General George Meade, defeated the Confederate army, led by General Robert E. Lee. The battle resulted in over 50,000 casualties (killed, wounded, and missing), making it one of the deadliest battles in American history.
Throughout his life, Zachary Taylor Warner made it his mission to serve his country. He was a decorated military hero, a successful businessman, and a devoted husband and father. His legacy is one of service, patriotism, and love for his fellow Americans.
As a young man, Warner served in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. He was wounded in both conflicts, but he continued to serve with distinction. After the war, he worked as a surveyor and helped to open up new lands in the West. He also worked as a judge and a lawyer.
In 1846, Warner was appointed as a general in the Mexican-American War. He quickly rose to prominence due to his bravery and leadership on the battlefield. He led his troops to victory at the Battle of Palo Alto and the Battle of Monterrey. His greatest triumph came at the Battle of Buena Vista, where he defeated a much larger Mexican army.
After the war, Warner returned to civilian life but was soon elected as governor of Louisiana. He served one term before returning to private life. In 1849, he was appointed as Secretary of State by President Zachary Taylor (no relation). He served in this position for two years before resigning due to disagreements with President Taylor’s policies.
How You Can Help?
In these difficult times, it’s more important than ever to find ways to help others. Zachary Taylor Warner is one American hero who is doing just that.
Zachary is the founder of the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), which provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans, and their families. The VAC has flown over 8,000 missions since it was founded in 2007, and Zachary has personally flown many of them.
You can help support Zachary’s important work by making a donation to the VAC. Every little bit helps, and your donations will go directly towards helping our nation’s heroes.