Millard Fillmore

Political Offices

Why did the Whigs select Fillmore as vice presidential candidate in 1848?

Although the Whig Party did not choose Fillmore as its vice presidential candidate in 1844, things changed four years later and Fillmore won the nomination in 1848. Some have speculated that this occurred because Fillmore was from the North, which provided a good contrast to presidential candidate Zachary Taylor, who was a Southerner from Louisiana.

A depiction of the U.S. Senate in session during debates that resulted in the Compromise of 1850. Daniel Webster (standing at right) addresses the Senate, presided over by Vice President Millard Fillmore.


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