Did you know that Abigail Adams was born today in 1744? She was the wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams. About 1,200 letters between Abigail and her husband exist and give historians a view of what life was like during the American Revolution. Her letters show that Abigail was a support of women’s rights and against slavery. Abigail Adams was also the mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams.
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Abigail Adams was the first woman to be the wife and also the mother of a president. Another First Lady that has this honor is Barbara Bush, the wife of President George H.W. Bush and the mother of President George W. Bush.
For a time Abigail lived in Europe while her husband served as a diplomat in France and England. She and her family were also the first to reside in the “President’s House”, better known as the White House. Washington DC was still more wilderness than city and the mansion was still unfinished, but they stayed until the end of John Adams’ term 4 months later.
You can visit Peacefield, or “The Old House” formally owned by the Adams family. It is part of the Adams National Historical Park.
Abigail Adams took an active role in politics and supported her husband as a correspondent, advisor, and hostess. Her political opponents came to call her “Mrs. President”.
John and Abigail Adams were third cousins and knew each other during their childhood. John and Abigail shared a love of poetry, philosophy and politics.