Abigail Adams (November 22, 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the closest advisor and wife of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams.
- Sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States,, she is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States, although these titles were not in use at the time.
- Adams’s life is one of the most documented of the first ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses.
- John frequently sought the advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics.
- Her letters also serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front.
In one of her more famous letters she implores her husband and his colleagues, all of whom were male, to, “… remember the ladies … If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”
Words of Wisdom
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.