Being in the right place at the right time applies to no one better than it does our 13th president Millard Fillmore. Yep, Millard Fillmore. Quite the name, right? He was also referred to as an “accidental president” and, sadly, one of our most “forgettable.”
I’ll let you decide if that label is fair or not.
If you’ve never heard of Millard Fillmore, don’t worry, you’re not alone. He’s hardly ever mentioned in history classes anymore and a recent poll showed only 8% of students even knew he was a former president.
It’s actually a shame. For a man from such a humble and tragic beginning, that he rose to the top as president is actually quite remarkable. Accidental or not.
He’s our president of the week. He may not be our most memorable president but he sure got more than he bargained for when he signed on to be Zachary Taylor’s VP.