June 18, 1991 |
A coroner performed tests Monday on President Zachary Taylor's remains to check the theory that he was poisoned nearly 141 years ago during the pre-Civil War struggle over slavery. About 200 people stood silently as Taylor's flag-draped coffin was removed from a crypt at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery and taken to the Jefferson County coroner's office.
July 5, 1991 |
President Bush offered his own tongue-in-cheek theory Thursday for what really killed Zachary Taylor. Speaking at an Independence Day celebration here in the Ozarks, Bush noted that it was on that same day back in 1850 when the 12th President took ill after attending a Fourth of July celebration in scorching weather. "Back in Washington that was the fateful day that Zachary Taylor gobbled down those cherries with buttermilk," Bush related.
June 22, 1991 |
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee irradiated hair and nail samples from President Zachary Taylor's remains in a uranium-fueled reactor to determine if the nation's 12th President died of arsenic poisoning. Larry Robinson of the lab's analytical chemistry division said arsenic releases a distinctive gamma ray after irradiation, which means that nuclear technology can detect and measure microscopic quantities of the poison.
June 23, 1991
Scientists Friday irradiated parts of the remains of President Zachary Taylor in an uranium-fueled reactor to determine if the nation's 12th President died of arsenic poisoning. Hair and nail samples taken last week in an exhumation in Louisville, Ky., were delivered to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The samples were placed in the lab's High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Department of Energy's most powerful research reactor, and bombarded with neutrons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1991
The remains of President Zachary Taylor have been exhumed to determine whether he was poisoned with arsenic because of his opposition to slavery expansion. I wonder whether the same tests might be applied to the more contemporary theory emanating from some Democratic circles that a secret, Republican-Iranian deal delaying the hostages release resulted in the 1980 Reagan victory. Might it be that hair or nail clippings, contributed painlessly and pre-posthumously by former President Carter, would reveal a self-inflicted overdose of sour grapes?
January 8, 1985 |
Millard Fillmore, whose greatest contribution to history may have been installing a bathtub in the White House, was remembered on the 185th anniversary of his birth Monday with a small graveside ceremony here and with a "Millard Moment" in Baltimore. Thirty persons huddled under cloudy skies as a wreath was placed on his grave. And in Baltimore, Jeff Amdur planned a different remembrance. "I urge everyone to celebrate a Millard Moment," Amdur said.