Contact Us Email me if you have comments, complaints, feedback, ideas, questions, suggestions, or just something to say. 5 thoughts on “Contact Us” I really enjoy your essays. I’m friends with Bill and Robin. I was a history major and was ABD in American Studies. Please put me on your mailing list. Reply Hi: Can you email this to people once a week like a blog? If so sign me up. Reply You are quoted in the New York Times as wondering what Millard Fillmore ever did. As a native of Buffalo, N.Y., his home town, you should examine the collection of Millard Fillmore’s papers at the Erie County Historical Society. Fillmore signed the 5 separate pieces of legislation that were known as the Compromise of 1850. He got to sign them because Zachary Taylor, who opposed the legislation as too favorable to the South (although Taylor was a Southern slaveholder), died in July 1850, making Vice President Fillmore the new President. Included in the legislation was a strengthening of the Fugitive Slave Act, which led to the Dred Scott decision, which made the Civil War all but inevitable. The Compromise also included admitting California as a free state and abolishing the slave trade, but not slavery itself, in the District of Columbia. After leaving the Presidency in 1853, Fillmore, who by contemporary accounts was very handsome, joined the anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant American Party, also known as the Know-Nothing Party (so-called because its members, when asked if they belonged to the Party, supposedly replied that they “knew nothing,” although the term was used by opponents to mock the ignorance and prejudice of the Party). The Compromise of 1850, although attacked by abolitionists, avoided Southern succession for another 11 years, during which time the North dramatically increased its population and industrial capacity, giving it substantial advantages when the Civil War finally occurred.. Reply Thanks for the input! I was just talking to someone today about how prominently Buffalo figures in presidential history. Fillmore and Cleveland–and it’s where McKinley was assassinated. I plan to visit, and I will stop by the Erie County Historical Society as you suggest. I would also like to go to a Bills game, but that’s neither here nor there. Finally, I hope you enjoy my essay on Fillmore when I get to it! Reply This website is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time! It taught me a lot about history that my horrible teachers (Ms Odonoghue) never taught me! Love you Steppy! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.