The Great Compromiser

Jan 15th, 2010 by thegooddoctor in 100 Words

Millard Fillmore, born in a log cabin, the thirteenth president, cursed his predecessor. If Taylor had not died his second year in office, Fillmore would not be in this mess.

The problem was California. A remote territory infested with Indians and Mexicans. Who would ever want to live there?

But the South wanted a new Slave state and the North was adamantly opposed. There was talk of secession.

Fillmore sought a compromise. Let a future president worry over the problem. If the Union dissolved under his watch, his legacy would be ruined.

Nothing mattered more to Fillmore than his legacy.

Genre: Historical Fiction

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