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The Funeral of Dolley Madison: End of an Era

On July 19, 1849, the largest funeral procession ever held in Washington DC till that time, commemorated the life and death of its most popular resident. The Venerable Mrs. Madison Dolley Payne Madison was 81 when she died on July … Continue reading

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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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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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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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