Thursday 6 October 2016

Naked POTUS, number 13: Millard Fillmore

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN

Flapping about with the sun on his back, it's the thirteenth President of the United States, Millard Fillmore (1800-1874). Let's find out about him:


Born 7th January 1800, Summerhill, New York
Died 8th March 1874, Buffalo, New York

Presidential Term 9th July 1850 - 4th March 1853

Millard Fillmore was promoted from Vice-President after the death of Zachary Taylor, becoming the second Vice-President to do so. He was the first US President to have been born in the 19th Century and the last US President to represent a party other than the Republican or Democratic cause: Fillmore was a Whig.

Fillmore was largely self-taught. He eventually went to study law, teaching at school in order to pay for it.

Fillmore's first challenge was to address the sectional differences dividing the country between anti- and pro-slavery sentiment. To this end he passed the Compromise of 1850, a controversial act that sought to shore up the Missouri Compromise and appease the hardliners. Part of this legislation was the Fugitive Slave Act, which stipulated that the government was responsible for the capture and return of all escaped slaves. Fillmore's predecessor, Zachary Taylor, opposed this law and when Fillmore ratified it, the cabinet resigned in protest.

California entered the Union shortly after Fillmore's ascendancy. They were the 31st State.

His single term was not his last attempt at the top office. Having lost out on his party's nomination in 1852, he stood in the 1856 Presidential election for the anti-immigration, anti-Catholic, Know Nothing Party. They successfully split the Republican vote sufficiently for James Buchanan, the Democratic candidate to win with just 45% of the popular vote.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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