September 09, 2003

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Abigail Fillmore

Abigail was a schoolteacher when she met Millard Fillmore. Her love of books and learning would continue throughout her life, and when she moved into the White House she was dismayed by the lack of books in the executive mansion.

She decided to establish a library in the home, and once her husband persuaded Congress to allocate the funds necessary, the Fillmores set up a large room on the second floor. It was filled with new and old books as well as reference books and maps.

Abigail spent a good deal of time in the library, and visitors remarked that it was the most pleasant room in the White House.

Posted by Jennifer at September 9, 2003 12:05 AM


How big is the library now???

Posted by: Daniel at September 9, 2003 07:57 AM

I do not know, but it still exists. Here is a link to the kids' tour on the official web page. I believe the White House is still closed to the public and I'm not sure if the library was on the public tour.

Anyone else know?

Posted by: Jennifer at September 9, 2003 08:34 AM