Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore
  • Born: January 7, 1800
  • Died: March 8, 1874
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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Millard Fillmore was the 13th president of the United States (1850–1853), the last to be a member of the Whig Party while in the White House. A former U.S. Representative from New York, Fillmore was elected the nation's 12th vice president in 1848, and was elevated to the presidency by the death of Zachary Taylor. He was instrumental in getting the Compromise of 1850 passed, a bargain that led to a brief truce in the battle over slavery. He failed to win the Whig nomination for president in 1852; he gained the endorsement of the nativist Know Nothing Party four years later, and finished third in that election.

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[Describing the White House:] ... temple of inconvenience. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
God knows that I detest slavery, but it is an existing evil, for which we are not responsible, and we must endure it, and give it such protection as is guaranteed by the constitution, till we can get rid of it without destroying the last hope of free government in the world. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I confess that I see no remedy but by colonizing the free blacks, either in Africa or the West Indies, or both. This, it appears to me, is all Congress can do.... But this bare removal of the free blacks would be a blessing to them and would relieve the slave and free states from a wretched population, that must ever be kept in a state of degradation by the prejudice of color and race, whether they reside in the slave or free states. There can be no well grounded hope for the improvement of either their moral or social condition, until they are removed from a humiliating sense of inferiority in the presence of a superior race Immigration & Emigration
I have not the advantage of a classical education, and no man should, in my judgement, accept a degree he cannot read. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
if any sect suffered itself to be used for political objects I would meet it by political opposition. In my view church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact. Religion and politics should not be mingled. Religion & God
It is a national disgrace that after having occupied the highest position in the country, that our presidents should be cast adrift, and perhaps be compelled to keep a corner grocery for substance. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Liberty unregulated by law becomes anarchy. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not. Religion & God ;Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Peace at any price Slogans & Mottoes
Revolutions do not always establish freedom. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We have reached a crises in the history of this country when no man, however humble his rank or limited his influence, has a right to stand neutral.. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Where is the true-hearted American whose cheek does not tingle with shame to see our highest and most courted foreign missions filled by men of foreign birth to the exclusion of the native-born? Diplomacy & Diplomats
God knows I detest slavery but it is an existing evil, and we must endure it and give it such protection as is guaranteed by the Constitution. Religion & God
It is not strange... to mistake change for progress.
Nations, like individuals in a state of nature, are equal and independent, possessing certain rights and owing certain duties to each other. Nature
Upon you, fellow-citizens, as the representatives of the States and the people, is wisely devolved the legislative power. Power