Former President Millard Fillmore writes to open door to President Abraham Lincoln

An encore post:

May 4, 1861:  Millard Fillmore wrote:

May 4, 1861, letter from Fillmore to Lincoln, introducing a friend - Library of Congress

May 4, 1861, letter from Millard Fillmore to Abraham Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

Transcription of the letter:

From Millard Fillmore to Abraham Lincoln, May 4, 1861

Buffalo May 4, 1861.

July 9: Vice President Millard Fillmore become...

Vice President Millard Fillmore became President upon the death of President Zachary Taylor, in July 1850. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Dear Sir,

The bearer, Dr. Martin Mayer, a Stranger to me, has asked of me a letter of Introduction to your Excellency, and produced such high proofs of character, that I do not feel at liberty to refuse it; and therefore while I decline any interference, in any appointment he may desire, (which is my uniform practice) I desire simple to ask that he may be heard.

Respectfully yours

Millard Fillmore

One must wonder whether this letter convinced President Lincoln to meet with Dr. Mayer, and what the conversation was if they did.  Surely there is some record of who met with Lincoln, no?

Update:  Be sure to see the comments of J. A. Higginbotham, below; he’s found a book that refers to the career of Dr. Mayer during the Civil War and after.  Heckuva a sleuthing job.



2 Responses to Former President Millard Fillmore writes to open door to President Abraham Lincoln

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Wow, thanks!

    Now we know the rest of the story.

    (How in hell did you find that?)


  2. Egbert Cleave is usually reliable:

    MARIX, MARTIN MAYER, M. D. of Denver, Col., was born in
    Iuzm Hamburg, Germany, on December 16th, 1832. At an early age he became a pupil at the Johanaum, one of the most celebrated of the free academies of Germany, and completed his medical studies at the University of Leipzig. Soon after commencing the practice of his profession, his attention was directed to homoeopathy by one of its most eminent practitioners, Dr. Wolf, of Dresden, physician to the Queen of Saxony. With a mind thoroughly trained to careful analysis, and deeply imbued with the rationalism of Germany, which taught him to
    take nothing for granted, but try everything in the crucible of reason, he commenced his investigations and researches, the result of which was the adoption of the homoeopathic theory and practice. Soon after he left Dresden, and remaining nearly a year in London, a close attendant on Guy’s Hospital, he sailed for the United States. After an extensive tour through the Eastern and Southern States, and a short sojourn at Havana, he settled in Appleton, Wis. He was the first thoroughly educated homoeopathist in that county, and although quite a young man, very soon became its leading physician. He was appointed to the chair of Modern Languages and Literature in Laurence University, located in Appleton, and lecturer on Physiology and Hygiene.
    Soon after he married Sarah Denne Toombs. But Appleton he soon found too circumscribed a field, and he removed, in 1857, to Buffalo, N. Y., where he formed a partnership with Dr. Simon Z. Haven, the oldest homoeopathic practitioner in western New York. In 1859, he became one of the original incorporators of the Erie County Homoeopathic Medical Society. When the rebellion broke out he promptly offered his services to the Government, and at the solicitation of ex-President Fillmore, supported by a petition from the Mayor and Common Council of Buffalo, received from President Lincoln a commission in the regular army, and proceeded to the headquarters of his regiment, at Fort Hamilton, New York Harbor. After serving for about two years and a half, broken health, the result of exposure, compelled his resignation, and his removal from Buffalo to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he soon built up a flourishing practice, and founded the Homoeopathic Free Dispensary.
    In 1869, his health necessitated travel, and he spent twelve months in Europe. Upon his return he removed to Denver, Col., where he has established a large practice. He was nominated for Coroner of the city and county, without his knowledge or consent, before he had been in Colorado one year, and was elected by a handsome majority, although an old school physician was his opponent, and the entire allopathic faculty, irrespective of party affiliations, opposed his election. He was also elected Physician to the Denver City Dispensary, and is one of its managers. In 1868, he was elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Science of St. Louis; in 1869, he received the honorary degree from the Homoeopathic Medical College of Missouri; the same year he was elected a member of the American Institute of Homoeopathy; in 1871, the honorary degree was conferred upon him by the St. Louis College of Homoeopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and in 1872, he became the first corresponding member of the Homoeopathic Medical Society of Pennsylvania.


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