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History: Calvin Fillmore

 

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"It's a timbered opening with a beautiful spring brook [Honey Creek] running directly through it," he wrote to Millard. "I have cleared about 30 acres and split about 2,500 rails to fence with in the spring intending to put in a crop of wheat next summer health permitting."

The Greek Revival house still standing at 4350 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road is almost certainly the Fillmore farmhouse. The original front part, four rooms downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs, has the wide floorboards of the period and the original hardware. Setting up a farm cost more than Calvin expected, however, and he had to ask his brother Millard to assume the mortgage.

In 1849 Millard Fillmore, a Whig Party stalwart, was inaugurated as vice-president under Zachary Taylor. Calvin evidently was not flourishing as a farmer, for he began besieging his brother with requests for government jobs, including lighthouse keeper and customs collector. He asked that his son Waldo be named postmaster of Dexter.

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