Akers Booklist Charles W. An American Woman This remarkable biography of Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams, and mother of the sixth, John Quincy Adams, tells not only of her extraordinary life but of the major political and social developments of the time In Abigail Adams: Akers presents a brilliantly written, well-researched account of the life of the extraordinary woman who was the wife of the second president of the United StaItes and the mother of the sixth. Click here to see the rest of this review Abigail Smith Adams  was the second of four children born to Elizabeth Quincy Smith and William Smith.
Akers Booklist Charles W. An American Woman This remarkable biography of Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams, and mother of the sixth, John Quincy Adams, tells not only of her extraordinary life but of the major political and social developments of the time In Abigail Adams: Akers presents a brilliantly written, well-researched account of the life of the extraordinary woman who was the wife of the second president of the United StaItes and the mother of the sixth.
Click here to see the rest of this review Abigail Smith Adams  was the second of four children born to Elizabeth Quincy Smith and William Smith.
Her father, also from a prosperous family, was an ordained minister of the North Parish Congregational Church of Weymouth, Massachusetts. The family lived in a comfortable house, with fine furnishings and enough room for the children, servants, and visiting relatives.
Despite this, her father supervised, and often worked on, the parsonage farm and another he had acquired north of Boston. He planted potatoes, barley and corn, gathered hay, and saw to the care of the many sheep.
Although she had no formal tutor, her mother taught her to read and write; members of her family had extensive libraries so she was very well read.
When Abigail was eleven years old, Richard Cranch came to the parsonage to tutor the children. His passion for scholarship, his technical skills [including watchmaking], and his knowledge of the classical languages and biblical and secular topics, made him a remarkable teacher.
All the Smith children received fine educations. In fact, their educations were so fine that the Smith girls were concerned that they might not marry; they intimidated many of the young men who were husband material.
The eldest, Mary, solved this problem by marrying Richard Cranch. The youngest Betsy, did not marry for many years.
John Adams was frequently absent from their home in Braintree. As a lawyer with a flourishing practice [he had as many cases as he could handle] he attended court sessions in several cities of Massachusetts, including Boston. Later, as a member of the Continental Congresses he was also away for extended periods of time.
During these long absences Abigail had sole responsibility for the family, household finances and the farm. She was an astute manager. We are indebted to these prolonged absences for the many letters exchanged between Abigail and John.
She felt that women should be highly educated, ethical and moral creatures so that they could be helpful to their husbands and, most important, properly shape the minds and characters of their children.
However, a major blow came to Abigail when Congress appointed him as one of the three commissioners representing the United States in France. Their eldest son, John Quincy, joined his father while Abigail stayed at home with Nabby and the two younger boys. She would not see her husband and son for four and one-half years.
His time at home was short-lived. This time he took two sons with him, John Quincy and the nine-year-old Charles.
While negotiating the peace treaty they lived in Paris, and made several trips throughout Europe. John wanted Abigail to join them, but she was afraid of the long sea voyage.
Finally, in she left, first for Paris, where the family lived for nine months and, then, for England, where John was the first US Minister to the Court of Saint James.
They did not return to Quincy until When first elected president John Adams lived in Philadelphia, which was then the capital. Inhe and his family moved to Washington, DC.
She is said to have been one of the most politically astute and erudite women to have that role. Abigail died in from typhoid fever. She did not live to see the son she had formed so carefully become the sixth president of the United States.
Best part of story, including ending: Best scene in story: She answered the letter between contractions, writing not only of her condition but of the high prices of food, the problems of the farm, and the course of the war.Watch video · Abigail Adams was one of only two women to have been both wife and mother to two U.S.
presidents (the other being Barbara Bush). Often separated from her.
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