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Millard Fillmore:
A Vice Presidential Unit

Millard Fillmore was the thirteenth vice president of the United States of America. Born January 7th,1800 in Finger Lakes , New York and passed away March 8th 1874. His vice presidential term was from 1849-1850 serving under Zachary Taylor. Millard Fillmore was known as the last individual to come out of the Whig Political party, and was an activist in the anti-slavery movement. Fillmore born and raised in New York was born into a blue collar family where he learned how to work with cloth from his father. Moving away from the scene, he met Abigail Powers, and had two children. In 1823, he was admitted into the bar in the East Aurora area, where he eventually formed a law partnership in 1834 with a close friend. His political careers started earlier than his pursuit in law, in 1828, he was elected New York State Assembly man and eventually pursuing a political career in 1849 being elected vice president. However, shortly after in 1850, President Zachary Taylor died which lead to Fillmore being elected president of the United States of America, where he would finish the term. An active and well-liked president, Fillmore’s later life consisted of various educational acknowledgements and pursuits.

Political Party: Whig

President: Zachary Taylor

Family members: Nathaniel Fillmore and Phoebe Millard- Mother & Father / Abigail Powers- Wife

Trivia Questions:

1) Why was Millard Fillmore nominated for vice presidency?
To counter balance Zachary Taylors views

2) Which honor did he not accept due to his lack of educational attainment?
Honorary Doctor of Civil Law

3) What institution was founded by Millard Fillmore?
Buffalo University

Of Note:

- During the Civil war, Millard Fillmore was a well-known opposition to Abraham Lincoln’s point of views and presidency
- Many historians view Millard Fillmore as a president that was more concerned with his foreign affairs and the Mexican war, than his actual people.
- After Fillmore's defeat the Whig party continued to divide and eventually coming at the hands of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.




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