A talk about the two Mrs. Fillmores – a presentation about the two wives of the 13th United States president – will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the Aurora Historical Society’s monthly speaker series.
East Aurora resident Rachelle Moyer Francis, a music teacher at Eggert Elementary School in Orchard Park, will address the question of how the wives of Millard Fillmore could be such polar opposites.
Francis began studying the life of Fillmore shortly after she began volunteering as a tour guide at the society’s Millard Fillmore Museum on Shearer Avenue.
One of Fillmore’s wives, Abigail, was a small-town teacher from a central New York family with limited means and few political connections.
The other one, Caroline Carmichael McIntosh, is described as eccentric, and by many accounts, as a self-centered childless widow of a prosperous businessman and railroad executive.
Francis’ presentation will be held at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center on King Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with her presentation beginning at 7 p.m.