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General Zachary Taylor and other generals of the Mexican War became household names.  General Taylor served on the old northwestern frontier in the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War. Nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready” because of his informality in battle, he went on to be elected president in 1848 as a Whig. The question whether the territories he helped to win would be slave or free became the main political issue of his presidency.