Decanter, Zachary Taylor, 1848

Decanter, Zachary Taylor, 1848

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This glass decanter marks Zachary Taylor’s successful run for president in 1848, as a Whig, against Democrat Lewis Cass and Free Soil Party Candidate Martin Van Buren. Taylor rode his successful generalship in the recent war in Mexico, and his promise to put his allegiance to the country above partisanship, to the White House. This decanter was probably used for wine and spirits, but it was ultimately a glass of milk and some cherries which did him in, causing an unknown digestive ailment which killed him, after a little more than a year in the White House.
Object Name
associated person
Taylor, Zachary
Washington, George
Physical Description
green (?? color)
overall: 7 in x 5 in; 17.78 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Ralph E Becker Collection of Political Americana
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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