Millard Powers Fillmore

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Millard Powers Fillmore
Millard Powers Fillmore (Son of President Millard Fillmore).jpg
Fillmore, circa 1850. From Volume I of 1907's Millard Fillmore Papers
Born (1828-04-25)April 25, 1828[1]
Aurora, New York
Died November 15, 1889(1889-11-15) (aged 61)
Buffalo, New York
Resting place Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Lawyer
Parent(s) Millard Fillmore
Abigail Powers

Millard Powers Fillmore (April 25, 1828 – November 15, 1889) was a lawyer and one of two children, and only son, of US President Millard Fillmore and his first wife, Abigail Powers.[2]

Early life[edit]

Millard Powers Fillmore, known familiarly as "Powers", was born on April 25, 1828 in Aurora, New York to Millard Fillmore (1800–1874) and his first wife, Abigail Powers (1798–1853). In 1828, the year he was born, his father was elected to the New York State Assembly as a member of the Anti-Mason party. His maternal grandparents were Reverend Lemuel Powers, a Baptist minister, and Abigail Newland-Powers. His paternal grandparents were Phoebe (Millard) and Nathaniel Fillmore, a farmer.[3]


He studied law in his father's office and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1849.[4][5] He served as his father's private secretary during the latter's presidency. After practicing law in Buffalo, New York as the partner of E. Carleton Sprague, he was appointed a federal court clerk.[2]

Personal life[edit]

After the death of his mother, in 1853, his father married Caroline Carmichael McIntosh;[6] a union which Millard Powers Fillmore reportedly never accepted. Following his father's death he engaged in a bitter battle with his stepmother over the terms of his father's will, which young Millard won.[2]

Fillmore never married and did not have any children. As such, he was the last surviving descendant of his father. He died of apoplexy in Buffalo on November 15, 1889.[4] Fillmore was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. His will directed that all his family correspondence (including that with his father) be burned, the motive for which was the subject of much speculation.[2]


  1. ^ "Abigail Fillmore Juvenile Biography". The National First Ladies Library. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d Quinn, Sandra L. (1995). America's Royalty. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-313-29535-5. 
  3. ^ American National Biography.
  4. ^ a b "MILLARD POWERS FILLMORE DEAD". New York Times. 1889-11-16. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  5. ^ Harvard University (1854). Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates. Cambridge, MA: Metcalf and Company. p. 108. 
  6. ^ "MILLARD FILLMORE Thirteenth President • 1850-53". Internet Public Library. Retrieved 2014-09-22. 

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