WHO SAID IT?
Zachary Taylor: 12th President of the United States.
WHEN DID HE LIVE?
Born: November 24, 1978
Died: July 9, 1850
WHAT DID HE SAY?
Quote: “I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me.”
After attending Fourth of July orations for most of the day, Taylor walked along the Potomac River before returning to the White House. Hot and tired, he drank iced water and consumed large quantities of cherries and other fruits. The President suffered severe stomach pains for the next five days. Diagnosed as suffering from “cholera morbus” by his physicians, Taylor ate slivers of ice for relief until his body began rejecting fluids. At about ten in the morning on July 9, 1850, Taylor called his wife to him and asked her not to weep, saying: “I have always done my duty, I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me.” (Source)
His funeral took place on July 13, 1850.