Millard Fillmore was the 13th president of the United States, serving from 1850 to 1853, the last to be a member of the Whig Party while in the White House. A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Upstate New York, Fillmore was elected as the 12th U.S. Vice President in 1848, and succeeded to the presidency in July 1850 upon the death of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. Fillmore was instrumental in the passing of the Compromise of 1850, a bargain that led to a brief truce in the battle over the expansion of slavery. He failed to win the Whig nomination for president in 1852 but gained the endorsement of the nativist Know Nothing Party four years later and finished third in the 1856 presidential election. Fillmore was born into poverty in the Finger Lakes area of New York State, and his parents were tenant farmers during his formative years. Though he had little formal schooling, he rose from poverty by diligent study to become a successful attorney.
|Born:||January 7, 1800, Moravia, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||March 8, 1874, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|Political party:||Anti-Masonic (1828–1832), Whig (1832–1855), Know Nothing (1855–1856), Democratic (1857–1874)|
|Parents:||Nathaniel Fillmore, Phoebe Millard|
|Preceded by:||Zachary Taylor|
|Succeeded by:||Franklin Pierce|
About Millard Fillmore
The 13th president of the United States, as well as the last Whig to be president, who entered office upon the death of his predecessor, Zachary Taylor.
Millard Fillmore Before Fame
He was a cloth-maker's apprentice and studied law. He also founded the University of Buffalo, which would become the largest state university in New York.
Achievement of Millard Fillmore
He presided over the Compromise of 1850, which included the Fugitive Slave Act and also increased trade with Japan.
Millard Fillmore Family Life
He married Abigail Powers in February 1826, and the couple had two children together.
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