Abigail Powers Fillmore
Born: March 13, 1798 at Stillwater, New York
Died: March 30, 1853 (aged 55) at Washington, D.C.
Spouse: Millard Fillmore (1826 – 1853)
First Lady of the United States (1850 – 1853)
Second Lady of the United States (1849 – 1850)
Children: Mary Abigail Fillmore, Millard Powers Fillmore
Facts about Abigail Powers Fillmore
On February 10, 1858, five years after her death, her husband married Mrs. Caroline Carmichael McIntosh, a wealthy Buffalo widow. They remained married until Millard’s death on March 8, 1874. Due in part to a lingering foot injury that made it difficult to stand, Abigail passed the social responsibilities of first lady to her daughter Mary Abigail when possible. This First Lady had the shortest post-Presidential life of any former First Lady. She died just 26 days after leaving the White House.
Abigail Powers Fillmore Childhood
Abigail was born in Stillwater, New York, 1798, in Saratoga County, New York. She was the daughter of the Reverend Lemuel Powers, a Baptist minister, and Abigail Newland-Powers. Abigail grew up in Moravia, New York, not far from the Fillmore farm. Her father died shortly after her birth. Her mother moved the family westward, thinking her scanty funds would go further in a less settled region, and ably educated her small son and daughter beyond the usual frontier level with the help of her late husband’s library.
Where is Abigail Powers Fillmore buried?
Abigail Powers Fillmore was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York. The memorial stone was placed by the Abigail Fillmore Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, of Buffalo.
How did Abigail Powers Fillmore die?
At the outdoor inaugural ceremonies for Franklin Pierce in 1853, she caught a cold and the next day came down with a fever. She developed pneumonia and died just 26 days after leaving the White House, on March 30, 1853, at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.