The Presidents of the USA

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Millard Fillmore
1850-1853


picture of President Millard Fillmore
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birthplace

Moravia, NY

birthday

January 7

Life

1800-1874

age

OFC:50 , d. 74

party

Whig

presidency highlights

The "Compromise of 1850" preserved Union for another decade

nickname:

American Louis-Philippe

vice-president:

none
picture of President Millard Fillmore

previous office

12th Vice President of USA

key background fact:

He succeeded Zachary Taylor who died in office

occupation

Lawyer

military service

Major - Union Continentals (Home Guard) , NY militia

children

2:   1 boy  1 girl

wife:

Abigail Powers (1826), Caroline Carmichael McIntosh (1858)

height

5' 9'' / 1.75 m

higher education

None (read law)

religion

Unitarian

 

quote

"May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not."

actions & events

  • 1850 Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Act.

economy

    foreign affairs

    •  Commodore Matthew C. Perry was sent to open Japan to Western trade.

    military activity

      unique facts

      • Last president born in the 18th century.
      • Last Whig president

      interesting

      He ran for president again in 1856 as a candidate of the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic "Know-Nothing movement" (nativists). The campaign was an embarrassment and he finished third.

      military activity


        Legacy

        Honest and hardworking but a pompous, colorless individual who rose far beyond his ability. The Compromise of 1850 preserved the Union for a while but destroyed his career.

        Taylor-Fillmore election poster

        Taylor-Fillmore election poster