Millard Fillmore Biography, Education and Career Profile

Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore was an American attorney and politician who served as the 13th President and 12th Vice President of the United States.

Fillmore was in office as the 13th President of the United States between 9 July 1850 – 4 March 1853, succeeding Zachary Taylor after his sudden death and was a member of Whig  political party.

Millard Fillmore was born on 7th January, 1800 and died on 8th March, 1874 at age 74 years. He was born into poverty in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York.

Millard’s parents were tenant farmers during his formative years, but had little formal schooling. He studied diligently to become a lawyer. He became prominent in the Buffalo area as an attorney and politician, and was elected to the New York Assembly in 1828 and to the House of Representatives in 1832. 
Fillmore was a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing New York. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when the Whigs took control of the chamber in 1841, but was made chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

As U.S 12th vice president, Fillmore was largely ignored by Taylor; even in dispensing patronage in New York, Taylor consulted Weed and Seward. But in his capacity as president of the Senate, Fillmore presided over its angry debates, as the 31st Congress decided whether to allow slavery in the Mexican Cession. 
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