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By Sarah Lane
Mar 16, 2006, 09:38
American 1st Lady
Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1744, Abigail Smith Adams was a minister's daughter. She was self-taught and she home-schooled the five children she had with her husband,John Adams. She married him in 1764 and the marriage continued to be strong for 54 years. Although she might have secretly resented the expense of entertaining and lack of privacy her husband's position caused her family, she always did her best to provide him with support.
Abigail Adams wrote many letters to people during her life and formed a unique friendship with Mrs. Washington. Her son, John Quincy Adams, later became our 6th president. Finally, in 1801, she and her husband retired to Quincy, Massachusetts and enjoyed a private life for 17 years. She died in 1818 and was buried next to John. She will always be remembered as a patriot, First Lady, wife of one President, and mother of another.
Source: Biography.com, White House.gov
Additional Learning Links
The White House
Read the complete biography of this patriotic First Lady as well as the many strong women to follow in her footsteps. Access information on the Presidents as well.
Source: White House.gov
The American Presidency
From the American Presidency comes this biography of Abigail Adams as well as more information on former first ladies. Also check out the Encyclopedia America for a set of articles designed for grades 6 through adult.
Source: Grolier Incorporated
The Abigail Adams Historical Society
Dedicated to the preservation of the birthplace of Abigail Smith Adams in Weymouth, Massachusetts, this organization lets you check out historical facts. Also be sure to view Abigail's Almanac with featured program listings and newly released books concerning this First Lady.
Source: Abigail Adams Historical Society, Inc.
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