Category Archives: John Adams

Abigail Adams, Mater Familias.

Abigail Adams raised four children of her own. She eventually raised nearly a dozen more as part of her extended family. Abigail’s Immediate Family Circle The four children born to John and Abigail Smith Adams were not a stellar bunch. … Continue reading

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Abigail Adams and the Inoculation Decision

Smallpox was an extremely contagious disease. The mortality rate was at least 30%. George Washington’s Decision Shortly after the battles of Lexington and Concord in mid-1775, George Washington, a former Colonel of the Virginia Militia and the highest ranking professional … Continue reading

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Nabby Adams: The Mastectomy

John and Abigail Adams’ daughter underwent a mastectomy when she was forty-four. The Oldest Adams Offspring The eldest of the four surviving children of John and Abigail Adams was a daughter, named Abigail (1765-1813) and forever nicknamed “Nabby.”   Somewhat withdrawn … Continue reading

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John Adams and The Validation of America

March 4, 1797 is one of those barely recognized dates – but it is a pivotal one. The Lonely Inaugural of John Adams Inaugurals today are times of celebration: parades, parties, balls. People come from all over the globe to … Continue reading

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Mrs. Adams Goes to Paris

Abigail Adams had never been farther from home than Boston, when her husband sent for her to come to Paris. The Separations of Abigail and John Adams When the Adamses married in 1764, John Adams was a struggling attorney, riding … Continue reading

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