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The Last Whig President

January 7, 2014

When Congressman Millard Fillmore didn’t stand for re-election in 1842, former President John Quincy Adams said, “I hope and trust he will soon return for whether to the nation or to the state, no service can be or ever will be rendered by a more able or a more faithful public servant.”

In 1848 Fillmore was elected Vice President of the United States.  Two years later he became President when Zachary Taylor died.  Taylor was going to veto the Compromise of 1850, but Fillmore signed the legislation.  This did not solve the problems of sectional disunity, but it did delay the Civil War for more than ten years.

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