Fillmore, Millard, 1927, Biographical Sketch

A NATIVE of Western New York, where he had been "bound out as a boy to learn the trade of wool carder, Millard Fillmore, Vice-President under Taylor, ascended to the Presidency in 1850 at the death of the latter, totally unprepared to meet the abolitionist and anti-slavery movements which were rapidly tearing the country asunder. The one enduring act of his administration was that of sending Commodore Perry to knock at the long closed gate of Japan, and with the gift of a toy railroad and a toy telegraph, to tempt the Japanese to come out of their hermit seclusion. It was during his administration, also, that the Supreme Court rendered its famous Dred Scott decision that neither Congress nor the states had power to keep slavery out of any part of the country.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 14.

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