Millard Fillmore was born in a log cabin in Locke, New York. In his youth, Fillmore's family lost their home in a title dispute and moved into the Finger Lakes region. The lad received little schooling; his spent his time on farm work and clearing land. At age 14 he was apprenticed to a textile maker, a relationship which proved to be extremely unsatisfactory. Fillmore was able to find a new master, but in 1819 paid $30 to gain his freedom.
Fillmore taught schoolchildren and studied law with a local judge. In 1823 he opened a law office in East Aurora, New York. Five years later he was elected to the New York state legislature, aided by the prominent political boss, Thurlow Weed; the two would become political rivals. Fillmore relocated to Buffalo, New York in 1830, which would remain his primary residence for the remainder of his life.
In 1832, Fillmore was elected to the House of Representatives. He began his term aligned with the Anti-Masonic Party, but quickly affiliated with the Whigs. Fillmore was a supporter of the American System and in a later Congressional term played a major role in the passage of the Tariff of 1842.
Fillmores Congressional career revealed his position on slavery. He was opposed to expansion of the practice, but also disapproved of abolitionist tactics. He expressed increasing concern about the rising tide of immigrants entering the country. Fillmore believed that the newcomers benefited the Democratic Party and threatened the jobs of existing citizens.
In 1844, Fillmore lost a race for the New York governorship, then returned to the practice of law. He became chancellor of the University of Buffalo in 1846 and the following year, state comptroller.
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Millard Fillmore - History Celebrities Marck MILLARD FILLMORE 13th President Term- July 9, 1850 to March 4, 1853 Whig Party Birth: Locke, Cayuga County, New York, January 7, 1800. Ancestry: English Marriage: First Marriage: Moravia, New York, February 5, 1826 to AbMILLARD FILLMORE 13th President Term- July 9, 1850 to March 4, 1853 Whig Party Birth: Locke, Cayuga County, New York, January 7, 1800. Ancestry: English Marriage: First Marriage: Moravia, New York, February 5, 1826 to Abigail Powers ... http://www.aboutfamouspeople.com/article1105.html