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Millard Fillmore (1800 – 1874)

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Life in Brief: Born into desperate poverty at the dawn of the nineteenth century, Millard Fillmore climbed to the highest office in the land—and inherited a nation breaking into fragments over the question of slavery. Despite his best efforts, the lines of the fu… more life in brief »

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Facts about Millard Fillmore

Term
:
13th President of the United States (1850 – 1853)
Born
:
January 7, 1800, Summerhill, New York
Political Party
:
Whig
Died
:
March 08, 1874
Nickname
:
"The American Louis Philippe"
Education
:
Six months of grade school; read law in 1822
Religion
:
Unitarian
Marriage
:
February 5, 1826, to Abigail Powers (1798–1853); February 10, 1858, to Caroline Carmichael McIntosh (1813–1881)
Children
:
Millard Powers (1828–1889), Mary Abigail (1832
Career
:
Lawyer
Buried
:
Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York

The Constitution has made it the duty of the President to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
December 2, 1850

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Michael F. Holt

Professor Holt is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. His writings include:

The Civil War and Reconstruction (Co-authored with Jean H. Baker and David Herbert Donald, W.W. Norton, 2001)

The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Political Parties and American Political Development from the age of Jackson to the age of Lincoln (Louisiana State University Press, 1992)

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