Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874), a President of the United States of America. After spending his early years in wool-carding, carefully educating himself in the intervals of labour, he turned his attention in 1819 to law, and in 1823 was called to the bar of New York. In 1828 he became a member of the State Legislature, and in 1848 was Vice-President of the Union. In 1850-53 he was President, and became unpopular in the North through his advocacy of the fugitive-slave law. When the Civil War broke out he took no active part, hut used his influence upon the side of the Union.