Millard Fillmore was a New York lawyer who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. As Zachary Taylor’s vice president, he assumed the presidency after Taylor’s death. Fillmore was the last Whig president. He was an anti-slavery moderate who supported the compromise of 1850. Fillmore was passed over by his own party when seeking reelection in 1852. When the Whig Party disbanded a few years later, he joined the American Party, which was the political wing of the anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, “Know-Nothing” movement. In 1856, he ran for president on the American Party ticket but finished last.
The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census. The number of Representatives is set by law at 435. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration. The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.
Millard Fillmore was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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