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A Millard Fillmore Letter Written on the Day of President Lincoln's Assassination

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1060

At the close of the Civil War, on the day that President Lincoln would be assassinated, Millard Fillmore writes to the Historical Society of Buffalo about sending them a historical sketch. A few weeks later, he would address the Society on the topic of Lincoln's assassination.
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Former President Millard Fillmore: Abraham Lincoln's Election Caused the War

Autograph Letter Signed

4 pages

SMC 1061

In this sometimes scathing letter mostly concerning Thurlow Weed, former President Millard Fillmore can say only one good thing about him: Weed was "the first among his friends to see and admit the danger to the country from Lincoln's election."
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President Fillmore Arranges to Attend Opening of the Railroad Line from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 1062

The railroad connecting the Atlantic to the Great Lakes was a cause for national celebration. It would extend the web of the railway network, contributing to the industrial boom in the United States, enlarging the markets while reducing shipping and production costs.
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President Fillmore Makes an Appointment to See Governor Gibbs

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 1064

President Millard Fillmore writes he regrets not having seen Governor Gibbs the day before; looked for him that day; and will be happy to see him in the evening.
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Millard Fillmore Asks Lincoln for a Favor; On the Back of the Letter, Lincoln Takes Steps to Oblige Him

Autograph Endorsement Signed

1 page

SMC 1065

Former President Fillmore asks President Lincoln to intercede on behalf of his nephew, a disgraced lieutenant. On the verso of the letter, Lincoln takes steps to oblige Fillmore, but ultimately did not intervene in the case.
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On His Last Day in Office, the Bibliophilic Millard Fillmore Sends Thanks for a Book

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1066

Here the bibliophilic Fillmore, whose time in the White House was best spent, by all accounts, building its library, thanks a prominent Albany publisher for “a copy of that indispensable ‘Manual’ to every New Yorker, ‘The Red Book,’” on his last day in office.
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Early Variant of Executive Mansion Card Signed by American President Millard Fillmore

White House Card

1 page

SMC 1067

Card signed by Millard Fillmore as President, being an early variant of a White House Card.
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A Handsome Autograph Sentiment from Millard Fillmore as President

Autograph Sentiment Signed

1 page

SMC 1068

Autograph from Millard Fillmore to an unknown recipient, Washington, February 20, 1851. The day after he delivered to Congress his report on the Fugitive Slave Law crisis.
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Millard Fillmore On the Fugitive Slave and Kansas-Nebraska Acts:

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1069

Though he detested slavery, Millard Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required citizens of Northern free states to return slaves to their Southern owners. He was denounced by politicians who four years later voted for the same rule of law to apply in the Kansas-Nebraska act. Here, he wishes to expose their hypocrisy.
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Millard Fillmore, Looks Forward, With Relief, To the End of the 1856 Election

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 1070

Millard Fillmore tells a correspondent that the very probable prospect of him losing the election would bring relief and more leisure time.
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Having Ascended to the Presidency Just a Week Before, Millard Fillmore Orders a New Black Hat

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1071

Eight days after President Taylor died and Millard Fillmore went from being vice president to president, the latter, taking his new role seriously, orders a new hat.
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Millard Fillmore, Perusing

Autograph Letter Signed

3 pages

SMC 1072

Upon receiving a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin, President Millard Fillmore reflects on the "vexing" problem of slavery, commenting almost prophetically, "Who can penetrate the dark future and say whether this ever disturbing subject may not send this Union asunder," and confesses that he "can not look without apprehension to the future."
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Millard Fillmore on Civil War: Abolitionists Pervert Cause and Lincoln Tempts Tyranny

Autograph Letter Signed

3 pages

SMC 1767

Millard Fillmore accuses abolitionists of "destroying the Constitution" and attempting to "prevent a reunion of the states," in addition to "perverting this war into a war for emancipation."
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Millard Fillmore in Defeat:

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1914

Millard Fillmore loses the nomination but his party maintains the Compromise measures done in his term, which he considers a greater personal victory than the presidency.
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President Millard Fillmore Acknowledges the Gift of

Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 2034

The Unitarian President Fillmore thanks the Presbyterian Rev. Septimus Justin for "a beautiful picture of 'ancient Jerusalem.'" Although he has only had time to glance at it, the appears to him to be well-executed.
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