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.
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.
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.