1. The 13th president (1850–1853) of the United States, Millard Fillmore was the last president who wasn’t affiliated with either the Democrats or Republicans. He was the vice president of the country under the 12th President, Zachary Taylor.
2. He entered into politics by joining the anti-Masonic party when he was studying law way back in 1823. Officially his career began in 1828 when he served three terms in the New York State Assembly.
3. Subsequently he was elected to be a part of U.S House of Representatives in 1832 and it was during this time that he supported the elimination of slave trade between the states and then finally joined Whig party.
4. He resigned from the House in 1843 and became the first chancellor at the university he helped established named University of Buffalo in 1846. He was elected as New York`s chief financial officer in 1847.
5. Fillmore faced a difficult situation when he decided to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act which allowed expediting the return of slaves who escaped back to their owners. This controversy caused a big decline in his popularity.
6. Fillmore was finally pushed into position when the Whig party supported him to become vice president alongside presidential candidate Zachary Taylor in 1848. The two did not meet eye to eye and so Fillmore was excluded from any major contribution. Fillmore became president after the sudden death of President Zachary Taylor and he later on made Japan to open trade under the Treaty of Kanagawa. He was also responsible for the signing and passing of the Compromise of 1850.
7. Fillmore again ran for the presidency after the disintegration of the Whig party in 1856 as the candidate of the Know-Nothing Party but unfortunately he finished third. Later on he officially retired and went back to Buffalo, New York.