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The Inauguration of Millard Fillmore, as the 13th President of the United States, was held on Wednesday, July 10, 1850 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., following the death of President Zachary Taylor the previous day. Taylor died from a severe intestinal illness which subsequently thrust Millard Fillmore into the role of President [1]. The inauguration marked the commencement of Millard Fillmore's only term (a partial term of 2 years, 237 days) as President, but he faced a stressful climate [1]. There was political hubbub surrounding the Compromise of 1850 decision, which Fillmore had, days before Taylor's death, confessed that he was against his party when it came to this issue. Therefore, as he entered into the presidency, he found himself appointing an entirely new cabinet after Taylor's Cabinet members resigned [2]. During the Inauguration, William Cranch, chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court, administered the presidential oath of office to Fillmore in the chamber of the House of Representatives. Cranch had also administered the oath to John Tyler in 1841, when Tyler succeeded to the presidency upon William Henry Harrison's death.[2] Millard Fillmore was the last president from neither the Democratic or Republican parties. [3]

Presidential Inauguration of Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore.jpg
DateJuly 10, 1850; 168 years ago (1850-07-10)
LocationWashington, D.C.
United States Capitol
ParticipantsPresident Millard Fillmore
Assuming office
Chief Judge William Cranch
Administering oath

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  1. ^ "President Millard Fillmore, 1850". Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  2. ^ "President Millard Fillmore, 1850". Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Retrieved 2009-01-23.

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