How Did Millard Fillmore Die ?
Millard Fillmore was the thirteenth president of the United States, holding office from 1850 until 1853. He was the last member of the Whig Party to ever hold this position. He took over the presidency when the incumbent president Zachary Taylor died from acute gastroenteritis.
Fillmore was never elected president. After he served out the rest of the term of Taylor, the Whigs did not nominate him for the next presidential election. Then in 1856, he stood for election under the banner of Know Nothing Party and failed in his attempt to get elected.
Fillmore was born on January 7, 1800 in a log cabin in Moravia, Cayuga County, which is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York City. His parents were Nathaniel Fillmore and Phoebe Millard. He was the second of nine children and the eldest son. He was the first future president of America who was born in the nineteenth century.
At the age of 14, his father put him as an apprentice with a cloth maker. However, Fillmore stayed here only for 4 months, and then took an apprenticeship with another cloth maker at New Hope, New York. He also struggled to get an education. He attended the New Hope Academy for 6 months. Thereafter, he worked as a clerk for Judge Walter Wood in Montville, New York. It was under him that Fillmore started studying law. He was admitted into the Bar in 1823, and started his own practice in 1825.
Fillmore served in the military during the American Civil War and right through the war he opposed Abraham Lincoln. When the Reconstruction Plan was instituted, he supported President Andrew Johnson.
Fillmore died on March 8, 1874 after suffering from a stroke. This was his second stroke in a few months. Just before dying, he was fed some soup, after which he passed away. He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo where every year on January 7 a ceremony is held at his grave to honor and remember him.
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