March 30th, 2017

book cover - rtfl

First Lady Abigail Fillmore

On this date in 1853, Abigail Powers Fillmore died. It was 17 days after her 55th birthday, and 26 days after her husband, Millard, had retired from the Presidency. She caught cold at Franklin Pierce's inaugural ceremonies (which marked the Fillmores' departure from the White House), and that cold developed into the pneumonia which killed her. Hers was the shortest of any First Lady's retirement.