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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Millard Fillmore

By    |   Tuesday, 23 February 2016 04:29 PM

Millard Fillmore was the 13th United States president and, like other U.S. presidents, has memorials erected in his honor.

Millard Fillmore was the last Whig Party president and was the only Whig president who didn’t die in office or get kicked out of the party. Also, he appointed the only Supreme Court justice from the Whig Party in history.

Vice President Millard Fillmore ascended to the White House due to the sudden and unexpected death of President Zachary Taylor a year into his term. Fillmore was an anti-slavery moderate but he opposed the demands to remove slavery from all of the new territory that the U.S. gained in the Mexican-American War as part of the Compromise of 1850 — an act that would cost him his party’s nomination for the next election.

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Because Fillmore's leadership was forgettable, or controversial to some, there are very few monuments or memorials in his name.

Fillmore has a bronze statue located outside of City Hall in downtown Buffalo, New York, where he cut a much larger, more beloved figure than he did at the national level.

The base of the statue is inscribe with the following words: “Millard Fillmore, 1800 – 1874, Thirteenth President of the United States, Lawyer, Educator, Philanthropist, Statesman.”

The grave of President Millard Fillmore in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery is marked by a large pink obelisk. The memorial is similar in look to the Washington Monument at the National Mall but significantly smaller.

The Millard Fillmore House in East Aurora, New York, which he built and shared with his first wife, who died shortly into his presidency, is preserved as a national historic landmark.

There is another statue dedicated to Fillmore in Rapid City, South Dakota, designed by James Van Nuys, who sculpted a seated version of Fillmore reading a book.

The unexpected location of the statue is part of a sculpture series, City of Presidents, that places the tributes to former U.S. presidents around Rapid City.

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