Today in 1764, the soon to be second president of the United States of America John Adams marries his longtime girlfriend Abigail Smith. The couple became the talk of the town, and their marriage has provided useful insights on the life of early Americans.
Born on October 30, 1735, John Adams was an American lawyer, ambassador and statesman. He was the first vice president, and later became the second president of the United States of America in 1797.
Adams was married to his third cousin Abigail Smith on October 25, 1764 whose parents Elizabeth Quincy and Rev. William Smith worked as a church minister at Weymouth, Massachusetts.
They had six children all together and one of them will later become the future president John Quincy Adams. While Abigail on the other hand, learned law and classics at home. Adams was impressed by her wits and intellect coupled with her sharp bluntness. Both Adams and Quincy were devoted federalist and abolitionists at heart. At times, when their views differ on political or social issues, Abigail will never hesitate to debate her husband on the matter. When they were thousand miles apart during their ministerial duties in France and England, they both send letters to each other, discussing issues concerning the public, and issues relating to the role of women in the nation. All their letters has been documented analyzed and publish in several journals.
During the first Continental Congress in 1774, she wrote him not to "forget the ladies" when they are busying drafting new laws for the nation. In another letter, she cautioned that if proper attention is not given to the women, they might end up protesting if they found out, they have no say or representation in the newly drafted laws.
During his presidency Adams and his wife were constantly attacked in the press their Republican opponents and finally lost the reelection campaign against Thomas Jefferson in 1800. After the election loss, the couple moved to their family farm in Quincy, Massachusetts where Adams write to his friend Thomas Jefferson and wrote all his account.
Their grandson published some of the letters the couple usually sends to each other during Adam's absence 30 years later. Abigail Adams died in 1818 at the age of 73, while John Adams died on July 4, 1826, exactly on the 50th anniversary of United States independence. Later in life, his son John Quincy Adams would become the sixth president of the United States of America, although he was a member of the Democrat party.