Twelfth President of the United States and a 40-year veteran of the military who helped lead the U.S. to victory in the Mexican-American War.
He defeated Shawnee chief Tecumseh's attack on Fort Harrison in Indiana Territory during the War of 1812.
He was the last president to own slaves during his term and had one of the shortest presidencies after dying 16 months into his term.
He introduced his daughter, Sarah Knox Taylor, to Jefferson Davis, future president of the Confederacy, but she would die from malaria soon after their marriage in 1835.
He died 16 months after entering office and was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.