Millard Fillmore in cartoons: “The Great Presidential Race of 1856″


Four years out of the presidency, some voters thought Millard Fillmore might be a good candidate again.  His old Whig Party was dead, but he won the nomination of the Know-Nothings, or the Native American Party (“Native American” not meaning “American Indian” at the time).

In this race, he was portrayed in a number of editorial cartoons.

The Great Presidential Race of 1856, political cartoon featuring Millard Fillmore - LOC Lincolnia collection

The Great Presidential Race of 1856, political cartoon featuring Millard Fillmore, and some of the ugly biases of the day. Library of Congress, Alfred Whital Stern Lincolnia Collection - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,attributed to J. L. Magee

* Update:  Links to the cartoon are working badly, or not at all; check image at this thumbnail: 

Millard Fillmore in the 1856 presidential race (warning - some images may be offensive for racial portrayals)

Remember, this was two years before Sen. Stephen Douglas and former Rep. Abraham Lincoln squared off for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat in a series of debates.  This was four years prior to Lincoln’s election as president, and five years to the Civil War.

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2 Responses to Millard Fillmore in cartoons: “The Great Presidential Race of 1856″

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Porlock, does the newer image work better?

    Some of the captions are offensive, I think. I worry just a tad about that. Should I?

    Like

  2. Porlock Junior says:

    Alas, I can’t read any of the mass of verbiage because I get a “temporary file open error” when I try to click on it. Same with the following post, but that has the official captions listed.

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