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Fred I. Greenstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151991

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.001.0001

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Millard Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850

Millard Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850

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(p.43) Chapter 4 Millard Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850
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Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union
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Fred I. Greenstein

Dale Anderson

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.003.0004

This chapter assesses the strengths and weaknesses of Millard Fillmore, focusing on six realms: public communication, organizational capacity, political skill, policy vision, cognitive style, and emotional intelligence. Vice President Fillmore unexpectedly became the thirteenth president of the United States following the death of Zachary Taylor on July 9, 1850. Fillmore had been sidelined in his predecessor's administration, but in his capacity as presiding officer of the Senate, he had carefully followed the heated congressional debate over the status of slavery in the Mexican Cession. Plunged immediately into a crisis when he assumed the presidency, Fillmore played a critical part in the enactment of compromise legislation that appeared at the time to have averted the threat of a war between the slave and free states.

Keywords:   Millard Fillmore, American presidents, public communication, organizational capacity, political skill, policy vision, cognitive style, emotional intelligence, Mexican Cession, slavery

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