It is July 9, 1850, and U.S. President Zachary Taylor is in bed struggling with extremely painful stomach cramps. Just days earlier he’d been at an event at the Washington Monument – which was then under construction. But he is now about to become only the second commander-in-chief to die while holding the job.
If you’re asked about presidents who passed in office, you’re probably going to think of the dramatic assassinations of Abraham Lincoln or John F. Kennedy. Taylor might not be as famous as those presidents, but he still spawned his own conspiracy theories nearly 150 years later.