Mary Abigail Fillmore (1832 - 1854)

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Nicknames: "Abby"
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Birthplace: Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States
Death: Died in East Aurora, Cayuga, New York, United States
Cause of death: Cholera at age 22y.
Occupation: Teacher, Muscian and White House Hostess
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About Mary Abigail Fillmore

WIKIPEDIA: She was the daughter of President Millard Fillmore and Abigail Powers, and was the White House Hostess from 1850-1853 due to her mother's illness.

A native of Buffaol, New York, she studied at a private school in Lenox, Massachusetts, and graduated from New York State Normal School. She spoke French fluently and was conversant in Spanish, German, and Italian. She taught briefly in the Buffalo public school system until her father became president in 1850.

An accomplished musician, she played piano, harp, and guitar and performed at White House functions. Her sudden death from Cholera at age 22, coming barely a year after the death of her mother, is thought to have contributed to former president Fillmore's decision to come out of retirement and resume his political career.

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Mary Abigail Fillmore (March 27, 1832, Buffalo, New York – July 26, 1854, East Aurora, New York) was the daughter of President Millard Fillmore and Abigail Powers, and was the White House Hostess from 1850 to 1853 due to her mother's illness.

A native of Buffalo, New York, she studied at a private school in Lenox, Massachusetts, and graduated from New York State Normal School. She spoke French fluently and was conversant in Spanish, German, and Italian. She taught briefly in the Buffalo public school system until her father became president in 1850.

An accomplished musician, she played the piano, harp, and guitar and performed at White House functions. Her sudden death from cholera at age 22, coming barely a year after the death of her mother, is thought to have contributed to former president Fillmore's decision to come out of retirement and resume his political career.

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Attaining prosperity at last, Millard Fillmore bought his family a six-room house in Buffalo, where little Mary Abigail was born in 1832.

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Even after the period of official mourning the social life of the Fillmore administration remained subdued. The First Lady presided with grace at state dinners and receptions; but a permanently injured ankle made her Friday-evening levees an ordeal--two hours of standing at her husband's side to greet the public. In any case, she preferred reading or music in private. Pleading her delicate health, she entrusted many routine social duties to her attractive daughter, "Abby."

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1832
March 27, 1832
Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States
1854
July 26, 1854
Age 22
East Aurora, Cayuga, New York, United States
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New York State Normal School.