Who Is This Nineteenth-Century Political Candidate?

Yesterday, I came across an eBay auction that sparked my curiosity.* The seller has two political campaign buttons: one of Millard Fillmore (left) and one of someone he thinks is Andrew Jackson Donelson (right). The Fillmore button is correctly identified, but the other button does not depict Donelson, who looked like this in 1856: The …

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Review of Finkelman, Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore is one of the United States' forgotten presidents. That is unfortunate, since he was so instrumental in ensuring the passage of the so-called Compromise of 1850. For that reason alone, I was looking forward to Paul Finkelman's new biography of 13th president, part of the Times Books' American Presidents Series. Fillmore's relationship with Andrew …

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