Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
A 50-foot granite monument topped with the life-size figure of former president Zachary Taylor was erected by the state of Kentucky in 1883.
Before his tenure as president, Zachary Taylor was the most popular man in America, a hero of the Mexican-American War. His nickname was "Old Rough and Ready".
President Taylor became ill on July 4, 1850 and died five days later.
Although maintained by the National Cemetery Administration, the Taylor family plot (which includes a tomb and mausoleum and is encompassed within the walled cemetery) doesn’t belong to the United States.
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Two Medal of Honor Recipients are interred at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, including Sergeant John C. Squires (World War II), U.S. Army, Company A, 30th Infantry. Learn more about Sgt. Squires in our Season Two Et Cetera segment.
- Program 521
- In celebration of Armed Forces Day, an overview of Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. Plus, a gathering of friends with a vintage twist; the history of The Pendennis Club; and a visit to Highland House Bed and Breakfast on the Ohio River. (#521)