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Collection Millard Fillmore Papers

About this Collection

The papers of Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), educator, U.S. representative from New York, vice president, and thirteenth president of the United States, contain approximately thirty-five items spanning the years 1839-1925, with the bulk dating from 1839 to 1870. The collection includes correspondence relating primarily to political issues such as slavery, Compromise of 1850, Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and congressional politics. Individuals mentioned in the correspondence include Thomas Hart Benton, John C. Calhoun, and William Henry Harrison. Fillmore's correspondents include Philip Ricard Fendall, Solomon G. Haven, and Humphrey Marshall.

The collection also includes a July 1854 obituary notice for Fillmore's daughter Mary Abigail Fillmore and several letters from her to Susan E. Johnson. The remainder of the papers consists of a detailed index compiled in 1925 to volumes 1-44 of the main collection of Millard Fillmore papers, held by the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Buffalo, N.Y.

The collection was acquired by gift, purchase and transfer during the years 1909-2013.  Since the main body of Fillmore papers is held elsewhere, this small Fillmore collection was not included as one of the twenty-three presidential collections in the Library of Congress that were organized, microfilmed, and indexed as part of the Presidential Papers Program established under Public Law 85-147 in August 1957.