September 7, 1849 (Friday)

Had a storm this morning after which it became clear and pleasantly cool.  There was a great sensation today among our folks caused by Gen. Taylor passing by, but did not stop—was fortunate enough to get a glimpse of him—Called on Miss E—a S—h this evening but she was out.

General Taylor, veteran of the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and more recently the Mexican-American War (he was often called “The Hero of Buena Vista” in the newspapers) was, as of March 4, 1849, President Zachary Taylor (1784–1850), the 12th President of the United States.  Taylor was on his way to Washington, D. C. from New York City.  He was unable to visit Philadelphia on this day due to poor health, but the boat carrying him down the Delaware River stopped at the Walnut Street Wharf long enough for him to exchange a few pleasantries with the city fathers.  President Taylor apologized for not being able to visit but promised to return. He died ten months later.

Sources:

“Movements of General Taylor.” (Philadelphia) North American. September 7, 1849.

“Taylor, Zachary.” West’s Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 9. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 446-447. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 4 Sep. 2011.

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