July 18, 1850

Ascended to the Presidency Just a Week Before, Millard Fillmore Orders a New Black Hat

Autograph Letter Signed
1 page
SMC 1071
On the eighth day of his presidency, Fillmore orders a new black hat. Perhaps his sudden elevation from the vice-presidency prompted the purchase – namely, whereas a week ago he was invisible, now he was front and center.

Fillmore, born to the poorest of the poor, was a meticulous dresser. As president, he wore a black suit with a starched white shirt.
Autograph Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, quarto, Washington, July 18, 1850. To Messrs. W.H. Beebee & Co. in New York.
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