Tag 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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Louisa Adams, Neglected First Lady

No one had a better resume for becoming a First Lady than Louisa Catherine Adams. Louisa: Englishwoman of High Standing Louisa Catherine Johnson was born in England and well educated in a convent school in Paris. Her American father had … 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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George Washington and the Miracle at Newburgh

There are several versions of this story, but the essence is always the same. The Yorktown Surrender Most people think the American Revolution ended in 1781 when Cornwallis surrendered his Redcoat army to Washington in Yorktown. That is not exactly … Continue reading

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William Henry Harrison: The Big Lie

The “log cabin and hard cider” persona associated with William Henry Harrison was not only a myth, it was an out and out fabrication. Berkeley’s FFV: William Henry Harrison (1772-1841) was born at Berkeley Plantation, one of Virginia’s oldest estates … Continue reading

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The White House New Year’s Day Reception

After two years in New York and ten years in Philadelphia, the capital of the country was moved to Washington at the very end of 1800. The Dismal Days Washington DC was just opening for business in late 1800, after … Continue reading

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FIRST DADS: A Book Review

Author Joshua Kendall has whipped up a dandy light-history read! FIRST DADS is filled with stories, tidbits and gossip about our Presidents – and how they stacked up as fathers. Or not. The author begins with an important premise (not … Continue reading

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