I chose Zachary Taylor because he was an important General in the Mexican American War. He led his small troops to many victories in the battles outlined in the StoryMap. He also faced backlash from the Polk Administration but kept fighting and was one of the prominent figures that led the US to victory in the war. After the war, Taylor’s status as a national hero propelled him to the presidency in 1848 on the Whig ticket.
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