Abigail, John Adams: America's Original 'Power Couple'
Read about the historic romance of John and Abigail Adams, the second president and first lady of the United States. What we know of John and Abigail's relationship stems largely from the letters they wrote to one another, of which some 1, have survived to. John and Abigail Adams: A Revolutionary Marriage It's that marriage, at its core , is about a profound relationship of mutual support and.
Letters exchanged throughout John's political obligations indicate his trust in Abigail's knowledge was sincere. Like her husband, Abigail often quoted literature in her letters. Historian David McCullough claims that she did so "more readily" than her husband.
Their correspondence illuminated their mutual emotional and intellectual respect.
John often excused himself to Abigail for his "vanity",  exposing his need for her approval. He moved the family to Boston in Aprilrenting a clapboard house on Brattle Street that was known locally as the "White House. Inhe moved Abigail and the children to Braintree, but he kept his office in Boston, hoping the time away from his family would allow him to focus on his work. Nevertheless, after some time in the capital, he became disenchanted with the rural and "vulgar" Braintree as a home for his family.
In Augusttherefore, Adams moved his family back to Boston. He purchased a large brick house on Queen Street, not far from his office. Investments made through her uncle Cotton Tufts in debt instruments issued to finance the Revolutionary War were rewarded after Alexander Hamilton's First Report on the Public Credit endorsed full federal payment at face value to holders of government securities. Abigail had dreaded the thought of the long sea voyage, but in fact found the journey interesting.
At first she found life in Paris difficult, and was rather overwhelmed by the novel experience of running a large house with a retinue of servants. However, as the months passed she began to enjoy herself: Aftershe filled the role of wife of the first U. In contrast to Paris, Abigail disliked Londonwhere she had few friends and was in general cold-shouldered by polite society.
One pleasant experience was her temporary guardianship of Thomas Jefferson's young daughter Mary Pollyfor whom Abigail came to feel a deep and lifelong love.
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She and John returned in to a house known as the " Old House " in Quincy, which she set about vigorously enlarging and remodeling. It is still standing and open to the public as part of Adams National Historical Park.
She was so politically active, her political opponents came to refer to her as "Mrs. Charles' daughter, Suzannah, was just 3 years old in when Adams brought her to live in the President's House in Philadelphia days before Charles' death.
She found the unfinished mansion in Washington "habitable" and the location "beautiful"; but she complained that, despite the thick woods nearby, she could find no one willing to chop and haul firewood for the First Family.
Abigail did use the East Room of the White House to hang up the laundry. Later life After John's defeat in his presidential re-election campaign, the family retired to Quincy in I think he was a very strong president.
He made decisions on his own, but he didn't have political allies with him in the capital who could advise him. She probably was the best-informed and most reliable advisor to a president until Eleanor Roosevelt in the 20th century.
She wrote about having to have dinners, in which she entertained all the members of the Senate and their wives, and the House of Representatives and their wives, and the Supreme Court and their wives," she says.
So she was a great social arbiter. She says she got a sense for why their marriage worked so well. But it also had to do with their personalities and their characters and the fact that they deeply cared for each other and that there was so much compatibility between them, so very much devotion to each other's lives. Michelle seems a very strong person.
It appears that Michelle is still carving out her role as first lady. She is sacrificing her independence to serve as first lady. This is, after all, not an elected office, it's an office that comes to a woman because of the marriage contract. It's a heavy role to have to fulfill.
Their relationship, she says, remains an example of how married people can support each other, help each other navigate through tough times and enjoy their life together.