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Abigail Powers Fillmore

Abigail Powers was born on March 13, 1798 in Stillwater, New York.
Her father was a Baptist minister. He died soon after Abigail was born. He left little money for the family. However, he did leave a lot of books which her mother used to educate her children.

Abigail took a job as a teacher when she was sixteen. She was the first First Lady the 20th to work outside of her home.

She married Millard Fillmore in February, 1826.

Mrs. Fillmore
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Fillmore was Vice President to Zachary Taylor and became President when Taylor died in office.

Abigail discovered there wasn't a library in the White House. She asked her husband to request money from the congress to establish a White House library. She got the money and selected the books for the library.

While attending Franklin Pierce's inauguration she caught a cold. The cold turned into pneumonia and she died soon after that. (Note: Inaugurations were held on March 4th at that time.)

She died in Washington D.C. on March 30, 1855. She was 55. She was buried in Buffalo, New York.

 

 

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Sources of Information:

Books:
Barden, Cindy,Meet the First Ladies, Lorenz Corp.
Gormley, Beatrice,First Ladies: Women Who Called The White House Home (First Ladies) , Scholastic Paperbacks, 1997
Smith, Carter, Editor,Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies DK Publishing, New York, 2002

Web Sites:
The White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/
Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/odmdhtml/