Abigail Adams was the wife and closest advisor of President John Adams. She and Barbara Bush are the only two women to be the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another. She died on October 28, 1818, at the age of 80, and is buried in Springfield, Massachusetts.
About Abigail Adams in brief
Abigail Adams was the wife and closest advisor of President John Adams. She is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband during the Continental Congresses. She and Barbara Bush are the only two women to be the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another. Abigail did not receive formal schooling; she was frequently sick as a child, something which may have been a factor preventing her from receiving an education. She was descended from the Quincy family, a well-known political family in the Massachusetts colony. Through her mother she was a cousin of Dorothy Quincy, wife of John Hancock. Adams was also the great-granddaughter of John Norton, founding pastor of Old Ship Church in Hingham, Massachusetts, the only remaining 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse in Massachusetts. She gave birth to six children: her childrearing style included relentless reminders of what the children owed to virtue and the Adams tradition. Her letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics, and serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front. She often quoted literature in her letters, and her husband often moved the family for his need for approval for his political obligations. She became one of the most erudite women ever to serve as First Lady. She died on October 28, 1818, at the age of 80, and is buried in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Her son John Quincy Adams was born on November 6, 1775. He was the son of William Smith, a Congregational minister, and Elizabeth Quincy, who was married to John Smith for 33 years. He died in 1784, at age 77, and his wife died of smallpox in July 1775, aged 77. John Quincy was the father of John Adams and John Quincy, Jr., who was born in 1780, and who served as President of the United States from 1781 to 1818. He is the grandfather of John Quincy III, who died in 1822. He and his daughter were married in 1828. He had four children, including three daughters: one born in1743, Abigails Born in 1744 and another born in 1845. He also had one son, John Quincy Jr. (1801-1828), who was also a lawyer and served in the U.N. Security Council. John Adams was a friend of Richard Cranch’s, who would become a federal judge. John and Mary Smith married in 1764. John was a country lawyer, and Mary was a farmer. John married Mary Smith in 1759, and the couple moved to Braintree, Massachusetts; they had one child, a daughter, Mary Smith, in 1763. In 1774, John married Richard C Branch, who later became the parents of federal judge William Cranch. The couple had another child, John Adams (1805-1818), and they had two more children, Mary and Mary Adams (1907-1820).