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- Abigail Smith was born on November 11, 1744, in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
- Her father was William Smith, a minister of the local church. She had a brother and two sisters.
- Abigail did not receive a formal education because only boys went to school at that time. However, her mother taught her to read and write.
- Abigail Smith and John Adams met at a social gathering in 1762, where John saw the petite, shy 17-year-old and was immediately smitten.
- Three years later, the couple married and welcomed their first child, a daughter named Abigail.
- Their family continued to grow with the addition of John Quincy, Susanna, Charles, and Thomas Boylston.
- Sadly, Susanna died as a toddler and later the family suffered another tragedy when Abigail delivered a stillborn daughter in 1777.
- With a busy law practice, John Adams spent a lot of time away from home and things worsened when he became an active member of the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War.
- He served as a delegate to the Continental Congresses and in other wartime posts.
- Abigail ran the household and family farm, engaged in business enterprises, purchased land, and dealt with tenants.
- They remained close through continuous correspondence with each other where they exchanged more than 1,100 letters.
- For over four decades, she wrote letters to him and to her children, relatives, and friends.
- As John Adams was busy, Abigail Adams expressed concern about how women should be treated.
- In one of her many letters to her husband, she requested that he remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them.
- Abigail often expressed her thoughts on political matters with her husband.
- Throughout John’s career, Abigail served as his unofficial adviser.
- Their letters show him seeking her counsel on many issues, including his presidential aspirations.
- After the Revolution, Abigail joined her husband in France and in England, where he served from 1785 to 1788 as the first American Minister to the Court of St. James.
- When her husband became vice president, Abigail stayed with him in the capitol for some time, and then returned to Massachusetts to look after their farm and to tend to other business matters.
- While in New York, she helped First Lady Martha Washington with entertaining dignitaries and other officials.
- France was being run by a five-man executive group known as the Directory along with a legislative body.
- The Directory had stopped trade with the United States and refused to meet with any U.S. envoys.
- In 1798, President Adams was told that the French officials would hold talks for substantial bribes but this did not sit well with him and he told Congress about the incident.
- The documents related to the incident were published, and the whole situation became known as the X, Y, Z Affair as Adams had only used letters to identify the French officials instead of their names.
- Abigail thought war should be declared, while John sought a peaceful and less costly solution.
- The couple agreed on the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.
- The three alien acts were aimed at immigrants and increasing the waiting period for naturalization, allowing the government to detain foreign subjects, and permitting the deportation of any alien deemed dangerous.
- Under the act, penalties included fines and jail time.
- Abigail thought those who published lies about John should be punished so John Adams signed these acts into law and has been rebuked by historians for their anti-immigrant, anti-free speech legislation.
- When her husband was defeated by Thomas Jefferson in the 1800 election, their second son Charles died due to alcoholism.
- They moved to the country’s new capitol, Washington, D.C., and they became the first residents of the White House.
- Abigail Adams wrote many letters to family around this time, shedding light on the early days of the new capitol and complaining about the unfinished state of their new home.
- A few months later, after John Adams left office in 1801, they returned to their family farm.
- Since John was retired, they were able to spend more time together.
- Abigail continued to run the farm and to care for the family.
- Their eldest child, died of cancer at their home in 1814.
- Abigail Adams had a stroke and died at home with her family on October 28, 1818, aged 73.
Abigail Adams Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Abigail Adams worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Abigail Adams who was an American First Lady. The wife of John Adams, the second president of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.
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- Abigail Adams Facts
- Early Life
- Married Life
- Alien and Sedition Acts
- White House
- Mom Acrostic
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