Born and Raised
How he got here
In 1823 he was admitted to the bar; seven years later he moved his law practice to Buffalo. As an associate of the Whig politician Thurlow Weed, Fillmore held state office and for eight years was a member of the House of Representatives. In 1848, while Comptroller of New York, he was elected Vice President.
Fillmore presided over the Senate during the months of nerve-wracking debates over the Compromise of 1850. He made no public comment on the merits of the compromise proposals, but a few days before President Taylor's death, he intimated to him that if there should be a tie vote on Henry Clay's bill, he would vote in favor of it.
Thus the sudden accession of Fillmore to the Presidency in July 1850 brought an abrupt political shift in the administration. Taylor's Cabinet resigned and President Fillmore at once appointed Daniel Webster to be Secretary of State, thus proclaiming his alliance with the moderate Whigs who favored the Compromise.
Full name: Millard Fillmore
Presidential term: July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853
Previous offices: President of the United States (1850–1853), Vice President of the United States (1849–1850)
- Member of New York State Assembly, 1828-31
- Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1833-35
- Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1837-45
- Comptroller of New York, 1847
- Vice President, 1849-1850 (under Taylor)
What I think
Fillmore agreed with and signed the Compromise of 1850, which allowed California to be admitted to the union as a free state, set the boundaries of Texas, made New Mexico a territory in its own right and abolished the slave trade in Dc. It also established federal protection for those seeking fugitive slaves.
Fillmore further granted Utah territorial status and maintained American neutrality in European revolutions. He also sent Commodore Matthew Perry to open trade with Japan, thereby ending Japan's isolationism, even though it didn't get completed until after the next president took office.
Fillmore also CREATED the White House Library.
So all and all i think he was a pretty swell president and was decently affective.
And did make a change in how America works today.