Abigail Fillmore: The Under-Rated First Lady

By | May 28, 2019

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Abigail Fillmore, wife of Millard Fillmore. Source: (gettyimages.com)

When it comes to First Ladies of the United States, some presidents’ wives stand out from the crowd for their style, grace, and advocacy work. And some former first ladies fly under the radar. One of these is Abigail Fillmore, the wife of Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States. Let’s learn about this under-rated first lady and her contributions to her husband’s presidency. 

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Abigail Fillmore. Source: (uspresidentialhistory.com)

Raised by a strong woman

Born Abigail Powers in 1798, Abigail Fillmore’s father, a Baptist preacher, died while she was still young. Her mother, who was also named Abigail, thought that she could make her meager savings last longer by moving to the unsettled frontier with her two children, Abigail, and her brother. They settled in western New York state. There, Abigail’s mother used books from her husband’s impressive library to homeschool her children. She instilled in Abigail a lifelong love of learning, reading, and teaching.