Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1744, Abigail Smith married John Adams in 1764. Four of their children survived to adulthood. Their eldest son, John Quincy Adams, was the sixth President of the United States.
Abigail was her husband's closest friend and advisor. Because John's legal and political career kept him regularly away from home, Abigail cared for their children and farm, and managed the family finances. John and Abigail frequently communicated by letter. This rich collection of correspondence provides a unique picture of their times, brilliance, relationship, and great mutual love.
In her letters, Abigail shared her thoughts on many issues. In 1774, she called slavery a "most iniquitous scheme," and wrote "I wish most sincerely there was not a Slave in the province." Most famously, in 1776, she urged John and the other Founders to "Remember the Ladies" in the new code of laws required by Independence.
Abigail traveled abroad for the first time in 1784 when she joined John in France. In 1785, she accompanied him to Great Britain where he served as United States Ambassador.
When Abigail died in 1818, after 54 years of marriage, John said, "I wish I could lie down beside her and die too. The whole of her life has been filled up doing good."