Sunday, December 4, 2011

Introducing: Abigail Smith Adams

It occurred to me, after I posted the introduction to Abigail Scott Duniway, that I may not have clearly explained that each of the 4 guest rooms, upstairs in the main house, will be named after a famous Abigail in U.S. history.  Our garden room, which is part of the main house but has an outside private entrance, will be named Abigail's Garden Room because the entrance is in fact, in the garden.  So, with that being said I'd like to introduce First Lady Abigail Smith Adams. 

(before and after photos follow the introduction)

Abigail Smith Adams was the wife of the 2nd U.S. president, John Adams, and the mother of the 6th U.S. president, John Quincy Adams. Abigail was descended on her mother's side from the Quincys, a prominent New England family. She married John Adams, then a lawyer, in 1764, and they spent much of their early life apart as John Adams traveled as a circuit judge and then became a key player in the American Revolution. Their fond, newsy and philosophical letters to one another during these absences have become famous both as evidence of a deep love affair and as a source of information about the Revolutionary era.

Abigail lived briefly in Paris and London as John Adams served as U.S. ambassador to France and England, and she became a friend to First Lady Martha Washington when John Adams became the country's first vice-president under George Washington. John Adams became president in 1797, and after his single term ended in 1801 he and Abigail retired to their home in Quincy, Massachusetts. Abigail Adams died of typhoid fever in 1818; seven years later, in 1825, her son John Quincy became president.

Abigail and John Adams had five children in all: Abigail (b. 1765), John Quincy (b. 1767), Susanna (b. 1768), Charles (b. 1770), and Thomas Boylston (b. 1772). Susanna died in 1770, but the others lived to adulthood... Abigail Adams was the great-grandmother of historian Henry Adams...Abigail Adams is buried next to her husband and her son John Quincy in the United First Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts.

After - I hope we did the First Lady justice!

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