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American Presidents Born in Log Cabins

As election season heats up, we share the seven American Presidents born in log cabins.

Few things are as iconically American as the frontier log cabin. And of the United States’ 44 presidents, seven of them have been born in log homes, further imprinting the log cabin into the image of traditional Americana.

The first president to be born in a cabin was the 7th president, Andrew Jackson. In 1767, Jackson was born in a cabin on the Crawford Plantation in South Carolina. This location, west of the Appalachian Mountains, made Jackson the first president elected from that side of the range, which was then still considered the wild frontier. Though the cabin no longer stands, a historical marker can be seen.

The 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, was born in a secondary log cabin on the Montebello plantation in Virginia in 1784. You can visit the historical marker planted at the site near modern Gordonsville, Virginia, but the Montebello plantation is currently privately owned, and not open to the public.

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