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Fillmore Campaign Literature

Source: The Library of Congress

Despite his loss to Franklin Pierce in 1852, Millard Fillmore sought the presidency again in 1856, but this time as a candidate of the newly formed Know-Nothing Party. The Know-Nothings chose Fillmore despite the fact that he rejected their anti-immigrant stance, and he secured 21 percent of the vote. Fillmore’s third party candidacy facilitated the defeat of Republican John Fremont and the election of Democrat James Buchanan.

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