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  Fillmore, Millard
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AffiliationAmerican  
 
NameMillard Fillmore
Address24 Shearer Ave
East Aurora, New York , United States
EmailNone
WebsiteNone
Born January 07, 1800
DiedMarch 08, 1874 (74 years)
ContributorJake
Last ModifedRBH
Sep 04, 2016 01:12am
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Info13th President of the United States (July, 1850?Mar., 1853)
b. Locke (now Summerhill), N.Y.

Because he was compelled to work at odd jobs at an early age to earn a living his education was irregular and incomplete. He read law in his spare time and was admitted (1823) to the bar. After practicing law in East Aurora, N.Y., until 1830, he settled in Buffalo. Thurlow Weed made Fillmore a lieutenant in the Anti-Masonic party, and with Weed's support he served in the New York state assembly (1829?31) and in the U.S. House of Representatives (1833?35). In 1834 he joined the Whig party and was reelected three times (1836, 1838, 1840) to the House. When the Whigs came into national power in 1840, Fillmore became prominent in his party. As chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, he promoted the high tariff of 1842. He was considered (1844) for the vice presidential candidacy, but instead became Whig candidate for the governorship of New York. His defeat by Silas Wright in a close contest was caused by the split between proslavery and antislavery Whigs. With Henry Clay's backing, Fillmore was nominated (1848) for Vice President on the Whig ticket with Zachary Taylor. As Vice President, Fillmore presided with notable fairness over the Senate during the turbulent debates of 1850.

Succeeding to the presidency upon Taylor's death, he encouraged and then signed the Compromise of 1850, which included the Fugitive Slave Act. He tried to enforce the measures despite the criticism his course evoked from the North. Cheaper postal rates were introduced during his administration. He appointed Daniel Webster Secretary of State, emphasized nonintervention in foreign disputes, and approved the treaty that opened Japan to Western commerce. He unsuccessfully tried to make the Whigs a national party that, by occupying middle ground on the issue of slavery, could conciliate North and South and prevent extremists from gaining power. Neither he nor Webster could win the support of the Whig convention in 1852, and the nomination went to Gen. Winfield Scott, representative of the more radical antislavery element. With the division of the Whigs over the slavery issue and the party's consequent rapid decline, Fillmore's political career came to an end. He joined the Know-Nothing movement in the vain hope that it might unite North and South, and he accepted (1856) the nomination of that group for the presidency, being endorsed also by the small remnant of the Whigs. He opposed Lincoln's election and his Civil War administration and supported Andrew Johnson's stand against radical Reconstruction measures, but he took no active part in the controversies over these issues.


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06/13/2007-06/24/2007 Rasmussen Reports 17.00% ( 0.0) 25.00% ( 0.0) 56.00% ( 0.0)

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FAMILY
Wife Abigail Powers Fillmore 00, 1826-Mar 30, 1853
Wife Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore 00, 1858-Mar 08, 1874
Son Millard Powers Fillmore 1828-1889
Daughter Mary Abigail "Abby" Fillmore 1832-1854

INFORMATION LINKS
Millard Fillmore - First Annual Message (December 2, 1850)  Discuss
Millard Fillmore - State of the Union Address (1851)  Discuss
Millard Fillmore - State of the Union Address (1852)  Discuss
RACES
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  11/04/1856 RI US President Lost 8.45% (-49.40%)
  11/04/1856 US President National Vote Lost 21.53% (-23.75%)
  09/18/1856 US President - W Convention Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  02/25/1856 US President - Amer Convention Won 65.33% (+55.47%)
  02/06/1855 NY US Senate Lost 3.33% (-54.67%)
  06/20/1852 US President - W Convention Lost 40.43% (-7.90%)
  07/09/1850 US President - Deceased Successor Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/1848 US Vice President Won 56.21% (+12.41%)
  06/09/1848 US Vice President - W Convention Won 53.07% (+19.63%)
  11/02/1847 NY Controller Won 54.41% (+12.06%)
  01/18/1845 NY US Senate Special Lost 30.38% (-28.48%)
  11/05/1844 NY Governor Lost 47.42% (-2.06%)
  05/01/1844 US Vice President - W Convention Lost 16.16% (-30.79%)
  02/07/1843 NY US Senate Lost 16.30% (-53.33%)
  11/04/1840 NY District 32 Won 63.85% (+28.09%)
  11/07/1838 NY District 32 Won 65.66% (+31.33%)
  11/09/1836 NY District 32 Won 61.43% (+22.86%)
  11/07/1832 NY District 32 Won 69.59% (+39.19%)
ENDORSEMENTS
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