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PRESIDENT MILLARD FILLMORE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/30/1856 - HFSID 4686

MILLARD FILLMORE As the Presidential nominee of the "Know Nothing" Party, he thanks a correspondent for information which corroborates his own. Autograph Letter Signed: "Millard Fillmore", 1p, 5x7¾. Buffalo, 1856 September 30. To John S. Cunningham, Esq.

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MILLARD FILLMORE
As the Presidential nominee of the "Know Nothing" Party, he thanks a correspondent for information which corroborates his own.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Millard Fillmore", 1p, 5x7¾. Buffalo, 1856 September 30. To John S. Cunningham, Esq. In full: "I herewith return the letter which you were so kind as to send me with many thanks for the favor. I am happy to say it corroborates my own information. In haste, truly yours". Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) was thirteenth President of the United States (1850-1853) A former New York Congressman (1833-1835, 1837-1843) and Comptroller of that State, he was elected Vice President on the Whig Party ticket in 1848. When President Zachary Taylor died in office, Fillmore reversed key Taylor policies by supporting the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act. Intended to promote North-South harmony, these policies infuriated northerners, who denied Fillmore re-nomination in 1852. With the old Whig Party breaking apart on the issue of slavery, Fillmore refused to follow other northern Whigs into the Republican Party, running unsuccessfully for President in 1856 as the candidate of the American ("Know Nothing") Party. Months before this letter on George Washington's birthday, the American Party nominated Fillmore for President and Andrew Jackson's adopted son, Andrew Jackson Donelson, for Vice President. The American Party started as more of a secret society formed to restrict immigration and exclude naturalized citizens and Roman Catholics from politics. Its success in 1854 elections led to the 1856 national convention in Philadelphia. When asked about the society, its members had the habit of saying they knew nothing of the movement, thereby giving the new political force the nickname of the "Know Nothing" Party. Five weeks after writing this letter, Democratic nominee Buchanan defeated the new Republican Party's first nominee, John C. Frémont by 174-114 electoral votes. Fillmore won Maryland's eight electoral votes. Lightly creased. ¼x1-inch paper loss at lower left blank corner. Overall, fine condition.

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