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Millard Fillmore: A Presidential Unit

Millard Fillmore was born 7 Jan 1800 near Locke Township, Cayuga County, New York in a log cabin. He was the 13th US President and only the second man to become president without being elected.

Political Party: Whig
Years Served: 4 March 1849 – 9 July 1850
Vice President(s):
Name of his parents: Nathaniel Fillmore and Phoebe Millard
Wife’s name: Abigail Powers (1798-1853), on February 5, 1826; Caroline Carmichael McIntosh (1813-1881), on February 10, 1858
Yearly Salary as President: $25,000.00
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 9 inches
State of Birth: New York

“Millard Fillmore was the second man to become president without being elected. He succeeded Zachary Taylor who died in office. From the log cabin of his birth, Fillmore set out to be a farmer. Later, he decided to be a tailor. Fillmore didn’t learn to read until he was an adult. A woman named Abigail Powers taught him to read and in 1826 he married her. She helped him to become a lawyer. Perhaps because he learned to read as an adult, Fillmore especially loved books. He built a permanent library in the White House.”

On Line Lesson Plans:

Millard Fillmore from TeacherVision
Millard Fillmore from DiscoverySchool.com
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie’s Page
Zachary Taylor from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:

Biography of Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore’s obituary
Millard Fillmore house
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub
American Presidents’ Life Portraits
The American Presidency from Grollier
White House Historical Society
The History Buff -- US Presidents
Roll Call of the Presidents

Trivia Questions:

1. What were some of the “firsts” of Fillmore’s administration? [Answer: see the “of note” section, below]

Of Note:

After Fillmore's term, he became the chancellor of the University of Buffalo.

Fillmore was the first president to have a stepmother.

The White House's first library, bathtub and kitchen stove were installed by the Fillmores.

Fillmore refused an honorary degree from Oxford University because he felt he had "neither literary nor scientific attainment."


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