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Millard Fillmore Biography and Facts For Kids


Millard Fillmore was born in Cayuga County, N.Y., the son of a poor farmer. Although he held several legal clerkships, he was largely self-taught in the law. He entered politics in association with Thurlow Weed and William H. Seward, helping to organize the Anti-Masonic party as a major third party in the North. Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States, serving from 1850 until 1853, and the last member of the Whig Party to hold that office. Being Zachary Taylor`s Vice President, he assumed the presidency after Taylor`s death. Despite a personal dislike of slavery, he signed into law the fugitive slave act of 1850, among other bills that originated in the compromise of 1850. His administration supported trade with foreign countries, forging one of the first trade agreements with Japan, but Fillmore was opposed to expansionism and refused to support an attempted annexation of Cuba in 1851.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Millard Fillmore

When was Millard Fillmore born: January 7, 1800
Where was Millard Fillmore born: Locke, NY
What was Millard Fillmore’s job before he was president: Lawyer
Who was Millard Fillmore married to: Powers Fillmore (1st wife), Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore (2nd wife)
What number president was Millard Fillmore: 13th
What political party did Millard Fillmore belong to: Whig
When was Millard Fillmore president: 1850-1853
How many terms did Millard Fillmore serve: he was one of the few presidents to serve less than 1 term
When did Millard Fillmore die: March 8, 1874
How old was Millard Fillmore when he died: 74
Where is Millard Fillmore buried: Buffalo, NY

Millard Fillmore Quotes

  • “Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking. Men of good character and impulses are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness.”
  • “May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.”
  • “God knows that I detest slavery, but it is an existing evil, for which we are not responsible, and we must endure it, till we can get rid of it without destroying the last hope of free government in the world.”
  • “The nourishment is palatable.”
  • “Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom. Our own free institutions were not the offspring of our Revolution. They existed before.”
  • “It is not strange … to mistake change for progress.”

Timeline of the Life of Millard Fillmore

1800 Millard Fillmore was born in Locke, NY on January 7th
1826 Married Abigail Powers
1832 Elected to U.S. House of Representatives
1848 Elected Vice President of the United States
1850 Became the 13th President of the U.S. after Zachary Taylor dies suddenly.
1852 Napoleon III became Emperor of France
1852 Lost the bid for the presidential nominations
1852 Franklin Pierce is elected 14th President of the United States.
1853 Abigail Fillmore died
1856 Defeated in the presidential election
1858 Married his second wife Caroline Carmichael McIntosh
1874 Millard Fillmore died on March 8th in BuffaloNew York