Millard Fillmore Biography
Millard Fillmore was born in a log cabin on a farm in Moravia, Cayuga County, in the Finger Lakes region of New York on January 7, 1800.
Fillmore was born into poverty in New York’s Finger Lakes region, and his parents were tenant farmers during his childhood. Despite his lack of formal education, he rose from poverty to become a successful attorney via hard work and study.
The first White House library was built by Fillmore and his wife, Abigail.
He was married twice; first to Abigail Powers and then Caroline Macintosh. He had two children.
He lost his daughter to cholera on July 26, 1854.
Millard Fillmore Career
Millard Fillmore (January 7, 1800 – March 8, 1874) was the thirteenth president of the United States, serving from 1850 to 1853 and becoming the last Whig president. Fillmore, a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Upstate New York, was elected as the 12th vice president in 1848, and after the death of US President Zachary Taylor in July 1850, he was elected to the presidency. Fillmore was a key figure in the 1850 Compromise, a deal that brought a temporary halt to the debate over the spread of slavery. In 1852, he lost the Whig presidential nomination, but four years later, he received the support of the nativist Know Nothing Party.
Millard Fillmore Death
Almost to the end of his life, Fillmore remained in good health. In February 1874, he had a stroke and died on March 8, 1874, at the age of 74, from a second stroke.
After a funeral procession with hundreds of dignitaries two days later, he was laid to rest at Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.