Happy 219th birthday, Millard Fillmore!


Millard Fillmore, future 13th President of the United States, was born on January 7, 1800, in upstate New York.

Victim of one of the most infamous hoaxes in history, Millard Fillmore’s good works are often forgotten.

It’s that hoax that gives the name to this blog, and preventing or stopping other similar hoaxes which is the hope of the author.

In the past 50 years residents of Buffalo revived the reputation of Fillmore, and started a tradition of celebrating his birthday.

Trumpeter plays taps at the grave site of President Millard Fillmore in Buffalo, New York's Forest Lawn Cemetery, with a military honor guard and dignitaries from the University of Buffalo, which traces its founding to Fillmore. This is a Buffalo News photo of an earlier celebration, perhaps 2015.

Trumpeter plays taps at the grave site of President Millard Fillmore in Buffalo, New York’s Forest Lawn Cemetery, with a military honor guard and dignitaries from the University of Buffalo, which traces its founding to Fillmore. This is a Buffalo News photo of an earlier celebration, perhaps 2015.

But so far as I have found, no bathtub races occurred this year.

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2 Responses to Happy 219th birthday, Millard Fillmore!

  1. David H Lippman says:

    What a I get a kick out of is that when Millard Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Law, William Lloyd Garrison said Fillmore’s name would go down in infamy for that horrific deed, and never be forgotten.

    Today he’s the Antonio Salieri of American presidents…the ultimate mediocrity, forgotten by most.

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  2. Cheers for Millard Fillmore and your blog!

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