Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States, serving from 1850 to 1853. He was born on January 7, 1800, in Springfield, New York, and grew up in poverty. Fillmore became a lawyer and was elected to the New York State Assembly before entering politics as a Whig. He was Vice President under Zachary Taylor and became President after Taylor's death. During his presidency, Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slave owners to pursue and reclaim escaped slaves in free states. He also supported the expansion of slavery into new territories and states, which alienated many in the North. Despite these actions, Fillmore is also known for his efforts to strengthen the presidency and his support for education and infrastructure development.