August 2, 1850-Dated, Zachary Taylor Memorial Imprint titled, “Address Delivered by Request of the Selectmen of the Town of St. Albans, Friday, August 2, 1850, on the Death of General Zachary Taylor, Late President of the United States, by John Henry Hopkins, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Vermont, Choice Very Fine.This Cloth Hardbound Booklet has 26-pages, measuring 9” x 6”, printed in St. Albans (Vermont) by E. B. Whiting. Some light wear and scapes to the outer covers, yet internally sound with bright paper. Excellent clean interior pages which remain crisp. Dr. Hopkins is very positive in his remarks about President Taylor in this lengthy eulogy, in part: “The order which I propose to follow is suggested by the terms in which the invitation has been presented to me. A brief sketch of the life and character of our honored Chief Magistrate, with the reasons for considering his unexpected death as ‘a national calamity’ and ‘an afflictive dispensation,’ will embrace the greater part of what I design to set before you.” Subsequently, Hopkins gave a foretaste of the Civil War yet to come, when he wrote: “Is the wild spirit of ultra-Abolitionism to be gratified by trampling down our Constitution, and deluging our land with the blood of our own fellow-citizens?” Regrettably, Hopkins also justified American Slavery on Biblical terms, giving the Southern Slave-holders a moral pass, in part:
“... I cannot condemn our Southern brethren as sinners, because they use an institution which the laws of God expressly allowed to ancient Israel, and which the precepts of the Gospel were never supposed to forbid, before the commencement of the present.” Further, he wrote: “I cannot for a moment doubt that the Bible allows the relation of master and slave, while it condemns the treating of the slave in any other manner than is consistent with the Gospel precepts of justice, kindness and affectionate consideration.”
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Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 - July 9, 1850) was the 12th president of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Taylor previously was a career officer in the United States Army, rose to the rank of major general and became a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican-American War.
As a result, he won election to the White House despite his vague political beliefs. His top priority as president was preserving the Union, but he died sixteen months into his term, before making any progress on the status of slavery, which had been inflaming tensions in Congress.