Millard Fillmore’s birthday, January 7 – How will you celebrate in 2010?


In honor of Millard Fillmore’s birthday on January 7, I’ll post a collection of images of Fillmore and his administration that I’ve come across over the past year.  Though photography was invented in 1837, and though Fillmore was thought to be a handsome man, not many images of our 13th president survive on the internet.  For that matter, there is not a lot of good biographical information, either.

Many of these images come from the Library of Congress’s collections.

Millard Fillmore, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection - Duval image

Millard Fillmore, undated lithograph, Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has one copy of a print of this image.  A note with the image says “Duval,” but little is known about it otherwise, at least to the Library of Congress.  No date is given.  Judging from the color of his hair, I think this may be an image done for his unsuccessful 1856 campaign.

Only a tiny handful of images of Fillmore show up regularly — this is not one of them.  I wonder whether my posting it here will have any effect in spreading its popularity.

Fillmore will perhaps always remain enigmatic, out of step with his own times in many ways, and forced to the edges of history by other events and people more in the mainstream.  Fillmore was born January 7, 1800, 24 days after the death of George Washington (d. December 14, 1799), and lived through the administration of Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War.  Fillmore had some things in common with both of those great presidents, but no real dealings except for his opposition to Lincoln.

History uneasily deals with such men, who refuse to be put into pigeon holes.

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4 Responses to Millard Fillmore’s birthday, January 7 – How will you celebrate in 2010?

  1. Nick K says:

    You going to show us yours, David?

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  2. Jim Stanley says:

    Ed,

    Forget Obama. I want to see Millard Fillmore’s birth certificate, dammit!

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    I asked, and he let me see it. Perhaps the question is, how obnoxious were you in your request? And, would you know a birth certificate if you saw one? Are you a due diligence lawyer?

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  4. David Anderson says:

    Why does Barack Obama refuse to produce his birth certificate in response to a request by an American citizen?

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