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The Unitary ExecutivePresidential Power from Washington to Bush$
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Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121261

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121261.001.0001

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Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore

(p.148) 13 Millard Fillmore
The Unitary Executive

Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the similarities between Millard Fillmore and the president he succeeded, Zachary Taylor. Fillmore, who immediately assumed the title of president and proceeded to exercise the full powers of the presidential office, is remembered today as one of America's most forgettable presidents, but he was by no means a nonentity while in office. His first act in office was to fire and replace all of Taylor's cabinet, which had been tarred by a minor scandal, even though both he and Taylor were loyal members of the Whig Party. This marks the only time a succeeding vice president has ever fired his predecessor's entire cabinet. The firing and replacing of Taylor's whole cabinet indicates Fillmore's desire to control his own administration, and his belief in the removal power.

Keywords:   forgettable presidents, Millard Fillmore, Taylor's cabinet, Whig Party, removal power

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