Senator Thomas Hart Benton described Zachary Taylor as a “brave, skillful, and determined soldier” and troops under his command knicknamed him “Old Rough and Ready” because of his willingness to to share their privations in the field, however, Zachary Taylor never really achieved the major success that he strove for in his military career.
When his military career wasn’t progressing as he planned he even took a break and became a farmer for a while. After farming for a while, he realized that he was a much better soldier than a planter so he returned to the battlefield.
Taylor pretty much came to fame during the Mexican War and that propelled him toward the presidency. Side note: Both Jefferson Davis and future president Ulysses S. Grant even served with Taylor in various military campaigns. Jefferson Davis even married one of Taylors daughters (how did I never know this?)
Upon being elected to the Presidency, Taylor really didn’t have any political or personal friends who were aquainted with the structure of Washington DC. He built his cabinet without any political knowledge. Taylor was probably the least politically suave president elected to date. He knew military maneuvers, not foreign policy.
During his military career, Taylor was a conservative and took no unnessesary chances. He did the same throughout his presidency.