Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore c. 1860, Mathew Brady, Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division

Date of Birth: January 7, 1800

Place of Birth: Summerhill, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: March 8, 1874

Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, as well as distant Welsh

Millard Fillmore was an American politician. As a member of the Whig Party, he was the 13th President of the United States, from July 9, 1850 to March 4, 1853 (and was the last Whig President). He was previously the 12th Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1849 to July 9, 1850. He was elected to the position in 1848. He took over as President upon Zachary Taylor’s death.

He was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, from March 4, 1833 to March 3, 1835, and again from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1843, and was the 14th Comptroller of New York, from January 1, 1848 to February 20, 1849.

He was also the American Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1856.

President Fillmore was the son of Phoebe (Millard) and Nathaniel Fillmore, Jr. He was of Colonial American ancestry (entirely or almost entirely). He was married to Abigail (Powers), with whom he had two children, and later to Caroline (Carmichael).

President Fillmore’s paternal grandfather was Nathaniel Fillmore (the son of John Fillmore, Jr. and Dorcas Day). Nathaniel was born in Connecticut. John was the son of John Fillmore, who was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, and of Abigail Tilton. Dorcas was the daughter of Nathaniel Day, whose father was English, and of Ruth Rowe.

President Fillmore’s paternal grandmother was Hepzibah Wood (the daughter of Ebenezer Wood, Jr. and Philippa Story/Storey). Hepzibah was born in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. Ebenezer was the son of Ebenezer Wood and Mary Rudd. Philippa was the daughter of Stephen Story and Mary Emerson.

President Fillmore’s maternal grandfather was Abiathar Millard (the daughter of The Rev. Robert Millard and Hannah Eddy). Abiathar was born in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts. The Rev. Robert was the son of The Rev. Nehemiah Millard and Phoebe Shore/Shorey. Hannah was the daughter of Eleazer Eddy and Elizabeth Randall.

President Fillmore’s maternal grandmother was Tabitha Hopkins (the daughter of Ebenezer Hopkins, Jr. and Susannah Messenger). Tabitha was born in Harwinton, Litchfield, Connecticut. Ebenezer was the son of Ebenezer Hopkins and Mary Butler. Susannah was the daughter of Daniel Messenger and Lydia Royce.

President Fillmore’s matrilineal line can be traced to Hannah Morgan, who was born, c. 1642, in Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, and to her parents James Morgan, who was born in Llandaff, Glamorganshire, Wales, and Margery Hill.

Sources: Genealogies of President Fillmore –

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