A sickly girl, Abigail Smith was given permission by her minister father to have full use of his extensive library; thereby instilling in our second first lady a love of learning and breath of vision rarely found in 18th Century Colonial America.
Marriage to the extremely emotional, highly literate and intensely patriotic John Adams would involve Abigail in not only our founding as a nation bu also expanding her horizons as a woman.
She would speak out on all issues to a husband who not only listened but welcomed her opinions and, if she failed in her attempts in having constitutional convention "not forget the ladies," it was not from want of listening on his part.
Her experience at the Courts of Europe would enable her, as wife of the Vice President, to help Martha Washington create a social world for our new nation that helped immensely in gaining us the respect of the Old World.
She not only spoke out on political and social issues, but also wrote numerous letters on controversial subjects including her aversion to slavery.
Abigail became the first First Lady to move into the newly created White House.
Even in those early days she saw its potential but, being a practical woman, she used the unfinished East Room to hang her laundry.
Embittered by her husband's defeat, Abigail Adams returned to Massachusetts where she would watch the career of her son, future president John Quincy Adam, with pride.