|Millard Fillmore: A Chronology of His Life and
A self-made man, Millard Fillmore grew up in near poverty and began his working career as a clothmaker's apprentice. He taught himself reading, spelling, arithmetic, and geography, studied law and became a lawyer, then won election to the New York State Legislature and to the U.S. House of Representatives. He did not become known nationally, however, until the Whig Party chose him to be Zachary Taylor's vice-presidential running mate in 1848; in 1850, he became the second Vice-President to become President upon the death of the chief executive.
Notes and Trivia
People admired Fillmore for his modesty. When Oxford University offered him an honorary degree, Fillmore replied that he had done nothing to deserve the honor, and would not accept it.
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