[Sca-cooks] OOP - Millard Fillmore

Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps dephelps at embarqmail.com
Sun Aug 31 19:49:36 PDT 2008

Very interesting, Bear. Guess making people's lives easier counts as doing 

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terry Decker" <t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2008 8:00 PM
Subject: [Sca-cooks] OOP - Millard Fillmore

>I got interested in our "do nothing" president Millard Fillmore.  On his 
>watch, we stayed out of war, opened trade with Japan, and bought a little 
>stretch of land on the southern border called the Gadsen Purchase.  On the 
>down side, he signed the Fugitive Slave Act.
> Curiously, he contributed to the fine art of cooking by have stoves 
> installed in the kitchens at the White House.  Prior to his term, cooking 
> was done in the fireplaces.  Apparently the stoves were complex enough 
> that the director of the patent office had to show the cooks how to use 
> the heat dampers to avert a mutiny.  An interesting and possible 
> apocryphal piece of history.
> Bear
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