Abigail followed John to Europe when he was given a diplomatic post in Paris in 1784. They moved back to Massachusetts in 1788 before John was elected President in 1797.
She remained her husband’s biggest supporter and held weekly dinners and Fourth of July celebrations in Philadelphia.
When the nation’s capital was moved to Washington, D.C., in 1800, she became the first First Lady to reside at the White House. Their family lived there for the last four months of John’s presidency before returning to their home, Peacefield, in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Abigail passed away in Quincy at 73 in 1818 due to typhoid fever. John died a little less than eight years later, on the 4th of July in 1826.
Their son, John Quincy Adams, became the sixth President of the United States in 1825.
Because of Abigail’s letters, we now have remarkable insight into what life was like for her and John, two extremely prominent figures in American history.
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