PRESIDENT MILLARD FILLMORE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/27/1861 - HFSID 253995
Sale Price $1,360.00
ALS: "Millard Fillmore", 1p, 4¼x6¾. Buffalo, 1861 February 27. To Benjamin Balch, Esq. In full: "The enclosed papers came to hand yesterday after I had written you, and as requested I herewith return them." Ten days before he penned this letter, former President Fillmore greeted Abraham Lincoln as the President-elect traveled from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration. On February 17, 1861, Lincoln stopped at Buffalo, where Fillmore made his home after leaving the White House. Fillmore became a prominent member of the town, founding the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society in 1862, the year after he penned this letter. Fillmore had been Comptroller of the State of New York when he was nominated for Vice President at the Whig National Convention held at the Museum Building in Philadelphia, June 7-9, 1848. On November 7, 1848, the Whig ticket of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore defeated Democrats Lewis Cass and William O. Butler. Taylor and Fillmore were sworn in on Monday, March 5, 1849. On July 9, 1850, President Taylor died and at noon, July 10th, in the Capitol building, Fillmore was administered the oath of office by William Cranch, Chief Justice of the U.S. Circuit Court of the District of Columbia. Fillmore sought the presidential nomination in 1852. Although he led all the candidates on the first ballot, he did not have a majority. Mexican War hero General Winfield Scott was nominated on the 53rd ballot. On February 22, 1856, Fillmore was again nominated for President at the convention held by the American Party. This new political party started out as more of a secret society that opposed immigration and Roman Catholics. When asked about its policies, its members replied they knew nothing, hence, its appellation the "Know-Nothing" Party. In the election of 1856, Fillmore won only Maryland's eight electoral votes. James Buchanan was victorious over the new Republican Party's first candidate, John C. Frémont and was elected President. Mounting remnants on verso, light show through at upper blank corners. Usual folds, repaired at lower horizontal fold on verso, light vertical fold touches "la" in Millard. Purple ink mark touches the "F" in the date. Overall, fine condition.
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