About Millard Fillmore
Mrs Becki Thompson
8:20 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. Class TimesBuilding Hours 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.School Named for: President Millard Fillmore
Established in 1949School Mascot: FalconsServes students in grades Pre-school through 6th.What's In a NameMillard Fillmore was born in Locke, New York on January 7,1800. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to a wool carder and cloth dresser. When the apprenticeship ended, young Millard wanted to spend Christmas with his family. Having no other means of transportation, he walked home—a distance of 100 miles.
While studying law, Fillmore taught school. After his admission to the New York bar in 1823, he courted and married Abigail Powers. His political career was launched with his election to the New York State Assembly. From there he advanced to a position as U. S. Congressman from that state, serving four terms in the House of Representatives. In 1848, he was elected Vice President of the United States, with Zachary Taylor serving as President. Taylor died in office and so Fillmore became President of the United States in 1850.
The debate over slavery occupied much of his energy as President. Although he had been against slavery as a Congressman, he felt as President it was necessary to promote compromise. With his leadership, Congress passed a series of laws known as the Compromise of 1850, which admitted California as a free state and permitted the territories of New Mexico and Utah to decide for themselves on the issue of slavery.
He lost the bid for the presidency in 1852, and again in 1856. He died in Buffalo, New York on March 8, 1874.Other School Facts
- Located in Board District 7
- US Congressional District 5
- State Senate District 44
- State House District 93
- County Commissioner District 2
- City County Ward OKC 4