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Millard Fillmore

Thirteenth President 1850-1853
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Born: January 7, 1800 in Cayuga County, New York.

Education: Attended country schools, taught himself law.

Occupation: Lawyer, politician.

Regilion: Unitarian.

Family life:Married Abigail Powers in February 1826; they had a son and a daughter. She developed pneumonia; she died in Washington on March 30, 1853, her family took her body home to Buffalo for burial. He remarried to Caroline McIntosh in 1858.

Political career:Served in New York state assembly; then in Congress, 1833-35 and 1837-43. Ran as a Whig for governor of New York in 1844. Elected vice-president in 1848; became president upon Taylor's death, but not renominated. As the Whig Party disintegrated in the 1850's, Fillmore refused to join the Republican Party; but, instead, in 1856 accepted the nomination for President of the Know Nothing, or American, Party.

Highlights of his presidency: Tried to steer a middle course between the pro-slavery forces to preserve the Union.

Appearance: Medium height, fair, and blue eyed.

Died: He died in 1874.

Buried: Buffalo, New York, where President Fillmore lies buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.



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  • Groliers Biography
  • Millard Fillmore: A Golden Rule for Foreign Affairs
  • Britannica Biography


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