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Collection Reference Number GLC07906
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1847 
Title Zachary Taylor to Robert C. Wood about running for the Presidency
Date 16 May 1847
Author Taylor, Zachary (1784-1850)  
Recipient Wood, Robert C.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Taylor suggests that if he were to be nominated for the United States Presidency he would have to decline until after the Mexican War was over, and that it would have to be for the good of a nation and not that of a party. Taylor states that "There can be no lack of officers of every grade in N- Orleans, and the number will be augmented very soon as the times of all the twelve month [regiments] is about to expire." Taylor goes on to say that he got a letter from General Winfield Scott on "the 24th ulto" stating he had beaten Santa Anna in a battle. The fact that they [the Mexicans], Taylor states, have not put any surrender proposals forward forces the Americans to take their major cities, but even so he is determined to end the war by the fall.
Subjects President  Military History  Mexican War  Election  Government and Civics  Politics  Latin and South America  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  
People Taylor, Zachary (1784-1850)  Wood, Robert C. (Robert Crooke) (1832-1900)  
Place written Camp Near Monterey Mexico
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency; The Mexican War; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859