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Millard Fillmore was born in a frontier cabin in Cayuga county New York on Jan 7 1800 He was the second child and the first of five sons of Nathaniel and Phoebe Millard Fillmore The family was miserably poor and Fillmore was almost entirely self-educated Deeply wanting an education Millard Fillmore enrolled in an academy at New Hope New York where he met his future wife Abigail Powers In that same year Fillmores father obtained a clerkship for him in the office of Judge Walter Wood in Montville NY where he began the study of law During the next few years Fillmore taught school from time to time and also clerked in a Buffalo law firm He was admitted to the bar in 1823 After setting up a law office in East Aurora near Buffalo he married Miss Powers in1826 As his legal business expanded he took on a student clerk in his office his future law partner and political associate Nathan Kelsey Hall In 1830 the Fillmors moved to Buffalo where a year or two later they joined the Unitarian Church Fillmore formed a law partnership with Hall and developed a thriving practice His massive frame benign air dignified mien and conciliatory temper commanded respect and admiration His popularity in Erie County marked him as one of the outstanding political leaders in western New York and in 1832 he won election to Congress on the Anti-Masonic ticket During the 1840s Weed led the New York Whig partys liberal wing which was hostile to slavery Fillmore disliked slavery but disapprove of attacks on it For he regarded the Souths peculiar institution as untouchable in the states where it existed The influx of foreigners into New York State posed another political issue and Fillmore sympathized with those who were hostile to the recently naturalized citizens Here too he differed from Weed and Seward who hoped to attract the newcomers into the Whig party Fillmore wished
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