Fillmore was born into extreme poverty in a log cabin on January 7, 1800, in Locke Township, New York. At age 15, he was forced to become a cloth maker by his father to keep the family financially stable. Fillmore was born in Locke Township but after 2 years of being a cloth maker he left and moved to New Hope, New York. Millard was the second of nine children. He had five brothers and three sisters Mrs. Olive Armstrong Johnson, Cyrus Fillmore, Almon Hopkins Fillmore, Calvin Turner Fillmore, Mrs. Julia Harris, Darius Ingraham Fillmore, Charles DeWitt Fillmore and Phoebe Maria Fillmore. The Fillmores grew up poor and had to have their kids drop out of school and work so they can help the family be financially stable.
He received little formal education as a young boy. He was apprenticed to a cloth maker at 14. He desperately wanted to educate himself. He embarked on a journey of self-education.
1819, Millard Fillmore got a job as a clerk with a local judge, and was admitted to the New York bar in 1823. Fillmore joined the Anti-Masonic Party as a young lawyer. His political career subsequently began. In 1828, he ran for the New York State Assembly and won, serving three terms before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1832. During this time, Fillmore supported the protective tariff and eliminating the slave trade between the states. He eventually joined the Whig Party through his association with party boss Thurlow Weed. Who would later help Abraham Lincoln become president.
Taylor died suddenly in mid-1850 and Fillmore succeeded him, because Taylor ran against Fillmore and won so Fillmore was the 2nd choice. Fillmore was the 13th president. His years in office were July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853.
Impact, Legacy and Quote
It is often said that the best compromise is the type that pleases none of the compromisers. By the end of his presidency, Millard Fillmore knew this all too well. By championing the Compromise of 1850, he can be credited for keeping America from civil war for more than a decade. Fillmore kept us from a civil war by refusing to join the new Republican Party and endorse its strong anti slavery platform, and in 1856 he accepted the presidential nomination of the short-lived Know-Nothing Party.
Famous quote-"Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom. Our own free institutions were not the offspring of our Revolution. They existed before."
Fun Facts and Video
1.) He fell in love with and married his teacher, Abigail Powers. 2.) Fillmore was one of the original founders of the University of New York at Buffalo. 3.) Millard Fillmore was the last Whig President this country ever had.