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Millard Fillmore
Birth: Jan. 7, 1800
Summerhill
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1874
Buffalo
Erie County
New York, USA

13th United States President. He was born in upstate New York in Cayuga County the second of eight children to such an impoverished family that they could not even afford to feed him. His father apprenticed (indentured servant) him to a cloth maker at age fifteen, so brutal it stopped just short of slavery. Millard Fillmore taught himself to read by stealing books. He finally managed to accumulate thirty dollars to pay the obligation to his master and was free. He was obsessed with an education. He managed to enroll in a nearby town school where a fellow student was Abigail Powers. She began to tutor him while encouraging him to study law. She began teaching school and Millard Fillmore began a courtship which ended in marriage. He received a clerkship with a local judge then attained prosperity with his own law practice in Buffalo becoming interested in politics. First a Congressman, then State comptroller. Vice President under Zachary Taylor, he gained the Presidency with his death. President Fillmore was very effective in his one term. Stuck with the omnibus bill that became known as the Compromise of 1850 was passed: It would admit California as a free state, organize New Mexico and Utah as Territories and re-adjust the disputed boundary between Texas and New Mexico. It also established a Fugitive Slave Law that guaranteed that runaway slaves apprehended would be returned to their owners. On the international stage, Fillmore dispatched Commodore Perry to "open" Japan to western trade. His enforcing the Fugitive Slave Law in the Northern states became his downfall. Disgruntled Northerns denied him the nomination for a second term. Tragedy struck - He and Abigail lingered in Washington to attend the outdoor inauguration of his successor President Pierce. Abigail became chilled, developed pneumonia and died. He returned to Buffalo and his mansion on Niagara Square. Millard Fillmore remarried, this time a wealthy middle aged widow. During his retirement years, he was active on behalf of animals. The year before his death, Fillmore founded the Buffalo chapter of the SPCA while lobbying for passage of a national law to prevent cruelty to animals which was enacted. While shaving, he suffered a paralytic stroke and did not recover. Death came to him at age 74. His funeral was held at his mansion and a procession took him to Forest Lawn Cemetery. Both his wives and a daughter are interred with him. Fillmore Glen State Park, Moravia, New York - His birthplace Log Cabin was torn down but the Millard Fillmore Memorial Association used materials from a similar cabin to construct a replica. It is located in a 900 acre park with five waterfalls with a deep limestone and shale glen. The Millard Fillmore Home located in East Aurora, New York was the home he built for his first wife. It is a repository for many Fillmore artifacts including a carriage barn which contains a sleigh used by the family. The site is maintained by the Aurora Historical Society and has restored the property to its original condition. The John Hollister house was the Presidents last residence. It was the grandest of Buffalo's Gothic homes. This is the place of his death and where his funeral was held. However, it was demolished during World War I and replaced by the Statler Hotel. Finally, Millard Fillmore was honored by the city of Buffalo with the erection of a huge statue sculpted by Bryant Baker which is located next to the City Hall on Niagara Square which was opposite the location of the Fillmore Home. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  Nathaniel Fillmore (1771 - 1863)
  Phoebe Millard Fillmore (1781 - 1831)
 
 Spouses:
  Abigail Powers Fillmore (1798 - 1853)
  Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore (1813 - 1881)
 
 Children:
  Millard Powers Fillmore (1828 - 1889)*
  Mary Abigail Fillmore (1832 - 1854)*
 
 Siblings:
  Olive Armstrong Fillmore Johnson (1797 - 1883)*
  Millard Fillmore (1800 - 1874)
  Cyrus Fillmore (1801 - 1889)*
  Almon Hopkins Fillmore (1806 - 1830)*
  Calvin Turner Fillmore (1810 - 1879)*
  Julia Fillmore Harris (1812 - 1891)*
  Charles DeWitt Fillmore (1817 - 1854)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Buffalo
Erie County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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