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November 22, 1744
October 28, 1818 (aged 73)
Abigail Smith was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Educated at home, Abigail read widely from the family library. She became one of the most erudite women ever to serve as First Lady. Abigail Smith first met John Adams when she was 15 years old in 1759. Abigail married with a young lawyer named John Adams, on October 24, 1764, when she was 19 and John was 28.
She had six children in all; four lived to adulthood, including Nabby Adams, John Quincy Adams (born 1767), Charles Adams (born 1770) and Thomas Adams (born 1772).
John Adams was inaugurated as the second president of the United States on March 4, 1797, in Philadelphia. She took an active role in politics and policy. She became the first first lady to live in the White House.
After John's defeat in his presidential re-election campaign, the family retired to Peacefield in Quincy in 1800. Adams died in her home on October 28, 1818, of typhoid fever.
“My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.”
“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”
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