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Abigail Fillmore

Millard Fillmore
Historian Bill Seale commented on Mrs. Fillmore: "Before 1850 there had been no permanent library in the White House...Mrs. Fillmore was honored by Congress with a special appropriation for the purchase of books. The act set aside two thousand dollars, specifying that the books be purchased under the president’s direction, but it was generally assumed that Mrs. Fillmore would be in charge."

Born - March 13, 1798 in Stillwater, New York

Parents - Reverend Lemuel Powers & Abigail Newland Powers

Married - February 5, 1826 to Millard Fillmore

Children - Millard Powers (1828 – 1889),
Mary Abigail (1832 – 1854)

Occupation – school teacher

Firsts - 1st First Lady to have a job as a school teacher. Established the 1st library in the White House.

Died - March 30, 1853 in Washington, D.C.

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Did You Know IconDid You Know...
  • Mrs. Fillmore was an invalid during most of her time in the White House, her daughter, Mary Abigail, helped entertain guests.
  • Abigail Fillmore was the 1st First Lady to have a job as a school teacher before the White House.
  • Abigail Fillmore established the first library in the White House.

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