|Cause of Death||Age||Burial Location||Vice President Grave #|
|Stroke||74||Buffalo, New York||9th in my collection|
* After serving for sixteen months as vice president, Fillmore ascended to the presidency on July 9, 1850 following the passing of President Zachary Taylor. For Taylor's supporters, his death could not have happened at a worse time, mainly because of what was going on in Congress. Some members of that body were trying to pass what we know as the Compromise of 1850, which was a series of bills that dealt mainly with slavery in the United States. While one of the bills would allow California to be admitted to the Union as a free state, and another abolished the slave trade in the capital, some felt that the bill was too pro-slavery. This was because of the Fugitive Slave Act, which, if the Compromise were passed, would allow slave owners to search for and recapture their runaway slaves in free states. Zachary Taylor, although he was a slave holder himself, did not support the Compromise, and wished to veto it. Instead, Millard Fillmore was left to decide whether or not it would receive the presidential seal of approval. Wanting to keep the peace, Fillmore indeed threw his support to the Compromise of 1850, angering many men in his own party.
* The fact that Fillmore had passed such a controversial act did not sit well with many of his fellow Whigs. So, at the 1852 Whig National Convention, it was decided that General Winfield Scott would be on the Whig ticket, not Millard Fillmore. It did not matter. That year, American's decided to keep away from the Whigs entirely and vote for Franklin Pierce, a youthful former congressman from New Hampshire. On March 4, 1853, the last Whig president stepped down from power. Fillmore did try to regain the presidency in 1856, though with a different party. It did not work, and another Democrat, James Buchanan, was on his way to the White House. He did serve as the chancellor of the University of Buffalo after his retirement, and was also the founder and president of what is now called the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. He spent much of his time during the Civil War bashing President Abraham Lincoln, whose policies he disagreed with. He also supported Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction policy after the conflict, earning him even more enemies. Fillmore's popularity continued to sink until his death in 1874.
Second Lady: Abigail Powers Fillmore
- Spouse: Abigail Powers Fillmore (m. 1826-1853)
Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore (m. 1858-1874)
Political Party: Anti-Masonic Party
Served Under: Zachary Taylor
Last Words: "The nourishment is palatable."