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.
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.