||Millard Fillmore was the President of the United States.|
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According to the book written by Millard Fillmore: “Little I believe is known of the genealogy of the Fillmores, as the family has been quite too obscure to make it an object to trace its pedigree. I know nothing beyond my great grandfather, John Fillmore, a native of Ipswich, Mass…” He cites a book written in 1857 by Dr. Ashbel Woodward of Franklin, Connecticut, contributed to the New England Historical New England Genealogical Register a “Memoir of Captain John Fillmore, with a Genealogy of the Fillmore Family” as a soucrce for much of Millard Fillmore book about his father.
1800 Jan 7
Millard Fillmore is born to Nathaniel Fillmore and Phoebe Millard in a log cabin in Moravia, Cayuga County, New York, USA
1826 Feb 4
Married Abigail Powers at the home of her brother in Moravia, Cayuga County, New York, USA by Reverend Orasius H. Smith
1828 Apr 25
Their first child and son Millard Powers Fillmore was born in Aurora, New York, USA
1832 Mar 27
Their daughter Mary Abigail Fillmore was born in Buffalo, New York, USA
1833 Mar 4
Elected to the US House of Representatives for the state of New York
1837 Mar 4
Re-elected to the US House of Representatives for the state of New York
1848 Jan 1
Served as the Comptroller for the state of New York
1874 Mar 8
Died in Buffalo, New York
After the Whig party disliked Fillmore for his views and politics, he was with the American Party and ran for President in 1856 with them. He lost, coming in third in the popular vote for president... From Wikipedia about the American Party:
The American Party, commonly known as the Know-Nothing Party, was an American nativist political party that operated in the mid-1850s. It was originally anti-Catholic, prejudiced against other nationalities, and against immigration. The movement was briefly a major political party in the form of the American Party. Followers of the movement were to reply "I know nothing" when asked about its specifics by outsiders, thus providing the group with its most common name.
The Know-Nothings believed a "Romanist" conspiracy was in progress, trying to undermine the power and authority of civil and religious liberty in the United States and wanted to politically organize native-born Protestants in a defense of their traditional religious and political values. It is remembered for this theme because of fears by Protestants that Catholic priests and bishops would control a large amount of voters. In most places, Know-Nothingism lasted only a year or two before disintegrating because of weak local leaders, few publicly declared national leaders and a deep split over the issue of slavery. In the South, the party did not focus on anti-Catholicism, but was the main alternative to the dominant Democratic Party.
The collapse of the Whig Party after the Kansas–Nebraska Act passed left an opening for a new major party in to oppose the Democrats. The Know-Nothings elected congressman Nathaniel P. Banks of Massachusetts and many others in the 1854 elections and created a new party known as the American Party. Particularly in the South, the American Party served as a party for politicians who disagreed with the Democratic Party. Many also hoped that it would seek a middle ground between the pro-slavery positions of many Democratic politicians and the anti-slavery positions of the emerging Republican Party. The American Party nominated former President Millard Fillmore in the 1856 presidential election, although he kept quiet about his membership. Fillmore received 21.5% of the popular vote in the 1856 presidential election, finishing behind the Democratic and Republican nominees.
The party quickly declined after the 1856 election. The 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford decision further aroused opposition to slavery in the North, where many Know Nothings joined the Republicans. Most of the remaining members of the party supported the Constitutional Union Party in the 1860 presidential election. (the CU party tried to be a balanced view between North and South to keep unity.)
Millard Fillmore got 8 electoral college votes and 873,053 popular votes in 1856, coming in third after Buchanan, who became the next President, with a million more popular votes than Fillmore got.
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