Tag Archives: Abigail Adams

Dolley Madison’s Wednesday Squeezes

It did not start out to be a major event – but it became the benchmark of Washington society for nearly two decades. Washington 1801: Martha Washington and Abigail Adams, were both in their late fifties when they became First … Continue reading

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Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency: A Book Review

Everyone knows the White House. Everyone should know the Presidents. And the rooms themselves are a national treasure! Paul Brandus is a long time Washingtonian  POTUS expert, and happily for all, a fellow who understands his audience. He does not … 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   Somewhat withdrawn … Continue reading

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Martha Washington’s “Disposition”

Martha Washington had very few memorable “quotes” – but one of them bears repeating. Often. Martha Washington: Correspondent When George Washington died in 1799, his distraught widow of more than 40 years systematically burned most of their correspondence. George Washington … 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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Abigail Adams’ Sorrow: Like Uncle, Like Nephews

Medical science today provides substantial evidence that alcoholism can be a hereditary failing, but even back in Colonial days, people suspected that it ran in families. William Smith: Abigail Adams’ Brother Abigail Adams (1744-1818), always a credible witness to her … 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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