Millard Fillmore. Millard Fillmore was the thirteenth President of the United States of America. He succeeded to the presidency upon Zachary Taylor’s death on July 9, 1850. He was President until March 4, 1853. He was a New Yorker. Before becoming Vice President and then President he was Comptroller of New York and a New York House of Representatives member. Before, during, and after this time he was chancellor of the University of Buffalo.
Education was a struggle for Millard Fillmore due to his life on the frontier in New York. He did get to attend New Hope Academy for six months where he met his first wife. He moved on to clerk and study law. He had an apprenticeship in cloth-making, however continued to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1823. He formed a law practice with a friend in 1834. Before his first wife’s death they had two children, a boy and a girl.
The 1848 Whig National Convention nominated Millard Fillmore for Vice President because he was seen as a politician who could balance the party’s ticket. He came from a heavily-populated free state and held moderate ant-slavery views. After Zachary Taylor’s death he came out in his support of the Compromise of 1850. He ended up signing into law bills that admitted California as a free state, settled the Texas/New Mexico border dispute, created New Mexico territory, the Fugitive Slave Act, and abolished the slave trade in the District of Columbia. He worked for trade in Japan. He supported Hawaii. Despite international issues that arose, he remained a supporter of America’s policy of nonintervention in European affairs.
Shortly after leaving the presidency his first wife Abigail died. He married a fellow widow several years later. In addition to being a founder of the University of Buffalo he also helped found the Buffalo Historical Society. He continued to be involved in politics and was a commander for the Union Continentals. After the war he supported President Andrew Johnson’s policies.
Despite “ups and downs”, Millard Fillmore persevered until a stroke’s aftereffects took his life in 1874 at the age of 74. Perseverance can inspire. Hoping you feel inspiration. Have a bright day!