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Did You Know?

• He signed the Compromise Measure of 1850, which included the Fugitive Slave Act.
• He authorized Matthew C. Perry's trip to Japan, which helped open trade with Japan.
• He ran again in 1856 on the Know-Nothing ticket.
• He signed the Compromise of 1850 as an alternative to war, but it alienated both sides nonetheless. However, it did stave off war for 10 years.

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Millard Fillmore
(January 7, 1800 - March 8, 1874)

Life Facts

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Personal:
• First Lady: Abigail Fillmore, Wife
• Wife's Maiden Name: Abigail Powers
• Other Marriages: Caroline McIntosh
• Number of Children: 2
• Education Level: No College
• School Attended: No College
• Religion: Unitarian
• Profession: Apprentice to a cloth dresser, Apprentice to a wool carder, Military, Lawyer
• Military Service: Major

Public Service:
• Dates of Presidency: 7/10/1850 - 3/3/1853
• Presidency Number: 13
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Not nominated
• Party: Whig
• His Vice President(s): None
• Vice President For: Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)
• House of Representatives: New York (1833-1835), New York (1837-1843)
• State Legislative Service: NY (1829-1831)
• Other Offices: Comptroller of New York
 
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Millard Fillmore Birthplace
Gravesite: Forest Lawn Cemetery
Museum: Fillmore House Museum
Other Sites: Fillmore Glen State Park

Reference Material

Bibliography
Inaugural Address
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Papers: Buffalo Historical Society - Buffalo, NY, 716-873-9612
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• Millard Fillmore Life Portrait: From Fillmore House Museum - East Aurora, NY
 Rachelle Francis, author, Will the Real Millard Fillmore Please Stand Up?; Robert Scarry, author, Millard Fillmore; Anthony Cohen, historian, Underground Railroad in Orchard Park, New York Watch | Order Videotape
    
• Fillmore interpretation by Rick Williamson Watch
 
• Richard Reisem on Forest Lawn Cemetery training Watch
 
• Edna Medford, Howard University professor, on the political climate during Fillmore’s tenure Watch
 
• Fillmore interpretation by Grant Hamilton Watch

• Patricia Molen Van Ee on Fillmore's map collection Watch   


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