a letter from President Fillmore
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.
Key Events in the Administration
(January 7, 1800 - March 8, 1874)
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
Profession: Apprentice to a cloth dresser, Apprentice to a wool carder, Military, Lawyer
Military Service: Major
Public Service:Presidential Places
Dates of Presidency: 7/10/1850 - 3/3/1853
Presidency Number: 13
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Not nominated
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
Millard Fillmore Birthplace
Gravesite: Forest Lawn Cemetery
Museum: Fillmore House Museum
Other Sites: Fillmore Glen State Park
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Papers: Buffalo Historical Society - Buffalo, NY, 716-873-9612
Presidents Programs from
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 Fillmores tenure Watch
Fillmore interpretation by Grant Hamilton Watch
Patricia Molen Van Ee on Fillmore's map collection Watch