Biography of Abigail Adams Essay

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Biography of Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams was an amazing American. She was born in 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts colony. In 1764 she married John Adams, who later became the second President of the United States. She was the first president’s wife to live in the White House.

Abigail Adams was born on November 11, 1744. She lived in Weymouth, MA in the parsonage. It was a big house with many rooms. Abigail lived with her parents William and Elizabeth Quincy Smith. She had two sisters and one brother, Mary, Elizabeth, and William. As a child she was always very curious.

When Abigail was a little girl she always asked her mother if she could go to school. Her mother said no. She was taught to read and write at home.
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She would always ask John what was going on in the world. At this time it was unusual for women to do so. Whenever she had time she always read books. She often wrote letters to her friends. Abigail had a good relationship with her husband. She was a very smart woman and often talked to John about politics and women’s rights. When John was away Abigail wrote to him: ‘don’t forget the women dear’, meaning that he should include women’s rights in the continental congress. John wrote back: ‘I can not but laugh’.

In 1770 the Boston massacre happened. The fire bells where ringing and both John and Abigail rushed home afraid that their house might be on fire. When they got home they were relieved to find out that they were safe and later found out that the bells did not mean a fire, but meant trouble. Some teenage boys were teasing and throwing rocks and snow at British soldiers. The soldiers shot and five people were killed. Six were injured. This event was known as the Boston massacre.

One day on August 10, 1774 Abigail said goodbye to John and three other Massachusetts delegates. They were going to Philadelphia to serve in a Continental Congress. It was a hard journey. In the following week she wrote to John: ‘It seems already a month since you left me.’ In November 1774 he returned home.

In April 1775 the battles of Concord and Lexington marked the beginning of the revolutionary war. Many people fled Boston for fear

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