Very few pictures of Millard Fillmore exist. There are none of Fillmore in a bathtub. Though he lived closer to Rochester and the eventual home of Kodak, Fillmore himself had very few encounters with photographers or cameras that survive in the public record.

Drawings are not common, either.

Here are a few pictures I have used, or anticipate using, for masthead illustrations.

Official White House portrait of Millard Fillmore, by George P. A. Healy, 1857

Official White House portrait of Millard Fillmore, by George P. A. Healy, 1857

Above is  is the official White House portrait of Fillmore, by George P. A. Healy, painted in 1857. The picture shows Fillmore pointing to the Constitution. During his presidency several southern states threatened to secede, according to the White House caption. Of course, the same caption gives Fillmore credit for updating the bathrooms in the White House, too.

Russell G. Frost at Frost Imaging ( created a version of the picture that covered the entire top of the first few versions of the masthead. (It may have been simple for him — I had great difficulty with it.) A copy of the Frost Imaging banner is shown below.

While we lost the Constitution from the picture, the image had a great place for the title; I liked the fact that Fillmore is looking to the viewer’s left; that’s not a view that is common in mastheads.

Fillmore remained active in public life after he left the White House. He ran for the presidency again in 1856 on the American Party ticket — this was not the American Party that resulted from George C. Wallace’s run in 1968; it was the remnants of the Know-Nothing Party, the rabidly anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, anti-almost-everything party. I’m not sure there is a good explanation for why Fillmore accepted their nomination, since he ended up repudiating much of their platform; in any case, he didn’t come close to winning.


A few crude cartoons are left over from his campaigns, but most images are quite difficult to read. However, I did find at the Library of Congress a good campaign poster from the 1856 race, which will probably show up in some form in the masthead in the future. This image is also available from

Millard Fillmore campaign poster, 1856.

Fillmore’s presidency seems one of a set of lost opportunities to stop the coming Civil War. Fillmore did not support Abraham Lincoln as a candidate, but he did support the Union during the war. The third image I have used or plan to use shows Fillmore during the war, dressed in uniform, “Captain of the Union Continentals,” a photo taken in 1862. Fillmore saw no battle action in the Civil War. He was 62 when the photo was taken, looking fit and healthy. The photo is held by the Buffalo Historical Society, published in the 1907 Millard Fillmore Papers, edited by Frank H. Severance.


Fillmore as Captain of the Union Continentals, 1862. Buffalo Historical Society image.

When I look at this photo, a Gilbert and Sullivan tune from Pirates of Penzance comes to mind.

6 Responses to Mastheads

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    That’s good to know. I wonder if there is any connection between the banner displayed and readership.

    I’d still like to get an image of the bathtub that was in the White House when Fillmore was there.


  2. Pam says:

    I like the “official” banner (current, Oct 22 2007) best, the previous one better, and the others not at all.


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    I don’t think it’s available on CD. It’s all online. I’ve looked around the site to see if it’s on CD, and can’t find it.

    The clipart is there for students and teachers to use — up to 50 in a single project without much more than a credit. I’m not sure the rights extend well to posting on blogs, but they haven’t complained yet. I always give them a credit and a link.

    They had a fancy image that was supposed to come over with that link in the sidebar. It didn’t work, and now I can’t find it. I leave the link in my sidebar so I can find it when I need it.


  4. Pam says:

    Couldn’t find your About page but did want to enquire about the sidebar, “Classrom Clip Art”.

    This means it comes on CD?


  5. Ed Darrell says:

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