Abigail Adams


Abigail Adams

“It is really mortifying, sir, when a woman possessed of a common share of understanding considers the difference of education between the male and female sex, even in those families where education is attended to… Nay why should your sex wish for such a disparity in those whom they one day intend for companions and associates. Pardon me, sir, if I cannot help sometimes suspecting that this neglect arises in some measure from an ungenerous jealousy of rivals near the throne.” Letter to John Adams


Biographical Information:

Born November 22, 1744 (Weymouth, MA) – Many of John Adams’ early letters to Abigail express a desire to be in Weymouth.

Parents: Elizabeth Quincy Smith and William Smith

Married to John Adams  On October 25, 1764.

Mother of: John Quincy Adams, Abigail Adams Smith, Thomas Boylston Adams, Charles Adams, and Susanna Adams

Died: October 28, 1818 (Quincy, MA)

Interesting facts:

More than 1000 letters between Abigail and John Adams have been preserved. Read the test of their early love letters here: 

Many of her letters supported a woman’s right to education, property rights for married woman, and concerns about racism and slavery.

While living in the newly built Presidental Residence, which we know as the White House, Abigail often hung laundry to dry in the East Room. Some have reported seeing her ghost carrying a laundry basket through the White House.