Zachary Taylor, 12th US President and Mexican American War hero, spent the 4th of July, 1850 at the then under construction Washington Monument listening to speeches.  It was a hot day and he ate "an enormous" quantity of raw vegetables, cherries, and iced milk. He died five days later from acute intestinal discomfort. Your historical trivia for the day! Book club: When in Rome, right? Currently reading a book about the civil war - Battlecry of Freedom. Supposedly the definitive one volume account of the civil war. I was hoping for a more in depth look at old Abe but I guess it'll get to that. Anyways something to vibe on when you're on a segway tour right?

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