Biography of Millard Fillmore

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Thomas & Lathrops, 1856 - Presidents - 215 pages
Biography of Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), the 13th president of the United States, serving between 1850-1853. He was born in Locke Township, Cayuga County, New York to Nathaniel Fillmore and Phebe Millard, and he married Abagail Powers in 1826. After early activity in local and state politics, Millard served in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and then ran for vice president of the United States in 1848, when Zachary Taylor ran for president. When Zachary Taylor died in 1850 as the 12th president, Millard Fillmore completed the term and became the 13th president. It was during his time in office that the Lopez expedition left from New Orleans to attempt to overthrow the Spanish colonial government in Cuba. It was also under Pres. Fillmore that Louis (Lajos) Kossuth (1802-1894), the Hungarian patriot and statesman, came to the United States, seeking support for his cause in Hungary. Otherwise most of Pres. Fillmore's term in office was was spent with internal problems (such as the fugitive slave law, etc.) leading up to the Civil War.
 

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Page 189 - That if any person shall, within the territory or jurisdiction of the United States, begin or set on foot, or provide or prepare the means for, any military expedition or enterprise, to be carried on from thence against the territory or dominions of any foreign prince or state, or of any colony, district, or people, with whom the United States are [at] peace, every person, so offending, shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor, and shall be fined not exceeding three thousand dollars, and imprisoned...
Page 147 - ... or arrested, doth, under the laws of the state or territory from which he or she fled, owe service or labour to the person claiming him or her. it shall be the duty of such judge or magistrate to give a certificate thereof to such claimant, his agent or attorney, which shall be sufficient warrant for removing the said fugitive from labour to the state or territory from which he or she fled.
Page 183 - Every person who, within the territory or jurisdiction of the United States, begins or sets on foot, or provides or prepares the means for, any military expedition or enterprise, to be carried on from thence against the territory or dominions of any foreign prince or state or of any colony, district, or people with whom the United States are at peace, shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor, and shall be fined not exceeding three thousand dollars and imprisoned not more than three years.
Page 196 - Cuba lies at our doors. It commands the approach to the Gulf of Mexico, which washes the shores of five of our States. It bars the entrance of that great river which drains half the North American continent, and with its tributaries forms the largest system of internal water communication in the world. It keeps watch at the door-way of our intercourse with California by the Isthmus route.
Page 201 - Were this island comparatively destitute of inhabitants, or occupied by a kindred race, I should regard it, if voluntarily ceded by Spain, as a most desirable acquisition. But, under existing circumstances, I should look upon its incorporation into our Union as a very hazardous measure. It would bring into the confederacy a population of a different national stock, speaking a different language, and not likely to harmonize with the other members.
Page viii - I mean to perform it with fidelity — not without a sense of existing dangers, but not without hope. I have a part to act, not for my own security or safety, for I am looking out for no fragment upon which to float away from the wreck, if wreck there must be, but for the good of the whole, and the preservation of the whole; and...
Page 167 - ... the whole country becomes prosperous, and the ability to produce every necessary of life renders us independent in war as well as in peace. A high tariff can never be permanent. It will cause dissatisfaction, and will be changed. It excludes competition, and thereby invites the investment of capital in manufactures to such excess that when changed it brings distress, bankruptcy, and ruin upon all who have been misled by its faithless protection.
Page 65 - In short, sir, we have been too long subject to the policy of British merchants. It is time we should become a little more Americanized, and, instead of feeding the paupers and laborers of Europe, feed our own, or else, in a short time, by continuing our present policy, we shall be paupers ourselves.
Page 103 - The Legislature shall have no power to pass any act granting any special charter for banking purposes; but corporations or associations may be formed for such purposes under general laws.
Page 209 - ... fertile on the globe, and of an extent in comparison with which the possessions of the house of Hapsburg are but as a patch on the earth's surface. Its population, already twenty-five millions! will exceed that of the Austrian empire within the period during which it may .be hoped that Mr.

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