Taking office upon the death of Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore became the 13th President and the last Whig to hold the office. Despite his short tenure, Fillmore played a substantial role in the history of the nation. He supported the Compromise of 1850, allowing slavery in most of the territories annexed from Mexico. He also signed the Fugitive Slave Act, opened trade relations with Japan and established American hegemony over Hawaii and Cuba.

Fillmore’s stances resulted in him failing to garner the nomination for another term from the Whig Party. He retired and helped co-found the University of Buffalo. Fillmore has the distinction of having the entire presidential cabinet resign upon taking office and failed to ever pick a vice president.

White House: Millard Fillmore

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