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  • Millard Fillmore

  • He married his teacher, Abigail Powers. He was 2 years younger than she. Abigail arranged for the purchase of the first cooking stove in the White House. But the cook couldn't figure out how to work the stove, so the president went to the U.S. Patent Office, read the patent for the stove, and went back to the White House and taught the cook how to use it. Abigail also set up the first White House library and had the first bathtub installed.

  • When the Library of Congress burned in 1851, Fillmore and his Cabinet helped fight the blaze.

  • Abigail died less than a month after he had left office. She was buried in Washington, D.C. He married again in 1858.

  • When Great Britain's Oxford University offered him an honorary degree, he replied that he had done nothing to deserve the honor and would not accept the degree.
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