Abigail Adams
(1744-1818)

woman

Died aged c. 74

Abigail Adams (née Smith; November 22, [O.S. November 11] 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife and closest advisor of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams. She is sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States, and is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States, although these titles were not used at the time. She and Barbara Bush are the only two women to be the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another. Adams's life is one of the most documented of the First Ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses. John frequently sought the advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. Her letters also serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front.

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In this house lived John Adams First American Minister to Great Britain, May 1785 to March 1788 afterwards Second President of the United States. From here his daughter Abigail was married to Colonel William Stephens-Smith, First Secretary of the Legation and an Officer in the Revolutionary Army on Washington's staff. John Adams and Abigail, his wife through character and personality, did much to create understanding between the two English-speaking countries. In their memory this tablet is placed by the Colonial Dames of America 1933.

9 Grosvenor Square, London, United Kingdom where they lived