Millard Fillmore Campaign Ribbon, 1856


Millard Fillmore was vice president under Zachary Taylor, but rose to president after Taylor’s death and served out most of the term as president. He was not nominated by his party – the Whigs – to run in the 1852 election, at the end of his term as president, but he ran as a third party candidate in the 1856 election that followed. Millard Fillmore and his running mate Andrew Jackson Donelson ranas candidates from the new American party, against Democratic James Buchanan and Republican John C Fremont. Fillmore used anti-sectionalism – as the quote on the ribbon speaks to – as well as pro-slavery and anti-immigrant rhetoric. He came in third place in the 1856 election.

Depicted: Fillmore, MillardReferenced: Donelson, Andrew Jackson

Used: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1856.J05Catalog Number: 227739.1856.J05Accession Number: 227739

Object Name: RibbonObject Type: ribbon

Physical Description: cloth (overall material)pink; black (overall color)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 2 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_502235

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