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Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore

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Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore (January 7, 1800 – March 8, 1874) wasthe13th President of the United States, serving from 1850 until 1853, and the last member of theWhig Partyto hold that office.
He was the secondVice Presidentto assume the presidency upon thedeath of a sitting president, succeedingZachary Taylor, who died of what is thought to be acutegastroenteritis.
Fillmore was never elected president; after serving out Taylor's term,he failed to gain the nomination of theWhigsfor president in the1852 presidential election, and, four years later, in the1856 presidentialelection, he again failed to win election as theKnow Nothing Partyand Whig candidate
Fillmore was born in a log cabin
 
inMoravia,Cayuga County, in theFinger Lakesregion of New York Stateon January 7, 1800, toNathaniel Fillmoreand Phoebe Millard, as the second of ninechildren and the eldest son.
(As this was three weeks afterGeorge Washington's death, Fillmorewas the first U.S. President born after the death of a former president.)
He was the first American president to be born in the 1800s.
He later lived inEast Aurora,New Yorkin the
region, southof Buffalo.
 Though aUnitarianin later life,Fillmore was descendedfromScottishPresbyterians on his father's side and English dissenterson his mother's.
His fatherapprenticedhim to a cloth maker inSparta, New York, at age fourteen to learn the cloth-making trade.
He left after four months, but subsequently took anotherapprenticeship in the same trade atNew Hope, New York.
He struggled to obtain an education under frontier conditions,attending New Hope Academy for six months in 1819.
Later that year, he began to clerk for Judge Walter Wood of Montville,New York, under whom Fillmore began to study law.
Millard Fillmore helped buildthis houseinEast Aurora, New York, and lived here 1826-1830.
He fell in love withAbigail Powers, whom he met while at New HopeAcademy and later married on February 5, 1826.
 The couple had two children,Millard Powers FillmoreandMary Abigail Fillmore.

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