Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Tuesday February 21, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

History: Calvin Fillmore

 

continued

The appointment went instead to lawyer Alexander Crane. Millard's unresponsiveness may have been due to intraparty squabbling that limited his powers of patronage. But even after Millard became president in 1850 on Taylor's sudden death, his brother remained a struggling farmer. In a letter to the president, an Ann Arbor friend hinted courteously at one possible reason Calvin did not prosper. The writer described the younger Fillmore as "evidently a genius in his way, a sort of original character, strongly marked with the family characteristic of thinking, achieving, and acting what he pleases without let or hindrance from saint or sinner."

Eventually Calvin stopped writing letters asking for help getting a job. The Whigs did not nominate Millard for the presidency in 1852, and he lost a third-party run in 1856 as the nominee of the American (Know-Nothing) Party.

Despite their various disappointments and their widely scattered residences, the Fillmore family kept in close touch. Their letters were filled with family news. In an 1867 letter to Millard, Calvin reported that his sister Olive had moved from Dexter into his house. The Newkirk branch of the family still has a letter from Millard thanking his Michigan relatives for the Thanksgiving turkey they sent to him in New York.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Deer Cull 2.0 - This year's cull will be shorte... Deer Cull 2.0 - This year's cull will be shorte...
Virtual Food Delivery - EatBlue, where are you? Virtual Food Delivery - EatBlue, where are you?
Photo: Agree to Disagree Photo: Agree to Disagree
Life after The Limited - What does the retail u... Life after The Limited - What does the retail u...
Map of Restaurants that accept Visa Map of Restaurants that accept Visa
Co-op in Turmoil - A union forms, the manager l... Co-op in Turmoil - A union forms, the manager l...
Ann Arbor Cable Television Ann Arbor Cable Television
Ann Arbor Nightspots: Club Above Ann Arbor Nightspots: Club Above
Once Upon a  Grill - Quick bite: February 2017 Once Upon a Grill - Quick bite: February 2017
Terrance Hayes - The  figures of beauty Terrance Hayes - The figures of beauty
Regent Hotel
custom blinds and window treatments, flooring, and furniture
top of the lamp. All your in home lighting needs.
Holiday Inn Ann Arbor. Comfortable Hotel, a home away from home.
Become of Fan of the Ann Arbor Observer on Facebook
Victors For Art February 18th through June 11th
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor