Millard Fillmore Quotes

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..

 
Context
He was of course not the President then. But the stands that politicians took with respect to the rebellion of the South often determined their political futures. See {640752} for another future President’s quotation on the subject.
Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore
  • Born: January 7, 1800
  • Died: March 8, 1874
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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.