Well I didn’t know what he did for our country so I had to do some research.
He was born in 1800 and was the second of a baseball team of Children (9), he started out his a law Clerk at the age of 19 and made it into the NY legislature 3 times within ten years from his start.
He was against the slave trade and slave estates.
He was not elected president, instead, Zachary Taylor suddenly died from cholera morbus, a flexible mid-nineteenth-century term for intestinal ailments as diverse as diarrhea and dysentery but not related to Asiatic choleram which was an epidemic at the time.
Shortly after becoming president Millard help set up the Compromise of 1850 which finally stopped a bunch of feuding between slave states and free states over some territory acquired from the Mexican American War.
The final proposed compromise was this, according to Wiki:
The Compromise of 1850 was formally proposed by Clay and guided to passage by Douglas over Northern Whig and Southern Democrat opposition. It was enacted September 1850:
- California admitted as a free state;
- Utah Territory and New Mexico Territory organized with slavery to be decided by popular sovereignty
- Texas dropped its claim to land north of the 32nd parallel north and west of the 103rd meridian west in favor of New Mexico Territory, and north of the 36°30′ parallel north and east of the 103rd meridian west which became unorganized territory. Texas’s boundaries were set at their present form. Senator James Pearce of Maryland drafted the final proposal where Texas ceded its claims to land which later became half of present-day New Mexico, a third of Colorado, and small portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming to the federal government, in return for the assumption of $10 million of the old republic’s debt. El Paso, where Texas had established county government, was left in Texas;
- Slave trade was abolished in Washington, D.C. (but not slavery itself);
- The Fugitive Slave Act was strengthened.
Millard also was the first president to open up “western trade” with Eastern nations Such as Asian and japan, Millard wanted to solidify a relationship so that trades could travel through eastern waters without fear of imprisonment and reliable places to restock.
He was not re-elected, and for the remainder of his political career, the Whigs would never forgive him for signing the “Fugitive Slave Act” while is office. Eventually, the Whigs broke up after slavery issues involving the Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854.
The remaining Whigs left merged into the Republican Party.
The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern slave-holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers.
He may not been an eventful president but he was a pain in the butt to racists everywhere.