Millard Fillmore in Defeat: "I Would Rather be Right Than President"

July 23, 1852

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Millard Fillmore in Defeat: "I Would Rather be Right Than President"
Autograph Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 1914

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      Having lost the nomination of his party, on the 53rd ballot, to Winfield Scott, Fillmore still managed to see the 1852 Whig convention in Baltimore frame a platform that endorsed the Compromise measures of his administration – and so walked away, he says here, satisfied to “be right” rather than President.


      Autograph Letter Signed, as President, headed “Private." 1 page, quarto, Washington City, July 23, 1852. To A. A. Mayer in Peoria, Illinois.
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