The Presidents of the USA
The "Compromise of 1850" preserved Union for another decade
12th Vice President of USA
key background fact:
He succeeded Zachary Taylor who died in office
Major - Union Continentals (Home Guard) , NY militia
Abigail Powers (1826), Caroline Carmichael McIntosh (1858)
None (read law)
"May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not."
actions & events
- 1850 Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Act.
- Commodore Matthew C. Perry was sent to open Japan to Western trade.
- Last president born in the 18th century.
- Last Whig president
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.
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