Millard Fillmore

By | Jan 7, 2017

Thirteen may be an unlucky number to some, but in any long list there is an item 13. The 13th President of the United States was Millard Fillmore. Fillmore was elected to be Zachary Taylor’s Vice President in 1848 and became President upon Taylor’s death on July 9, 1850.

Millard Fillmore was born on January 7, 1800 in Loche, New York. His family was poor even though they were farmer. He studied Law and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1823.

The most significant event of his time in office was the Compromise of 1850 which admitted California to the Union as a free state, Texas was compensated for giving up claims to lands with the territories of Utah and New Mexico established, the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, which required the US government to assist in the return of runaway slaves and abolished the Slave Trade in Washington DC.

Members of President Zachary Taylor’s cabinet had been involved in scandals and it was thought that Taylor was in the process of replacing many of them. When Millard Fillmore took office, he did clean house, with not one of Taylor’s Cabinet appointments remaining.

Fillmore was a member of the Whig Party, but because of his actions regarding the Compromise of 1850, especially the Fugitive Slave Act, the party bypassed him in 1852 and nominated Winfred Scott instead.

Millard Fillmore died on March 8, 1874 and is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York.


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