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Caroline Anderson
January 16, 2013
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Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams had an important role in people’s lives. Even though John Adams was considered one of the founding fathers, neither John nor the country would have been able to live without or go as far without Abigail Adams.

Abigail Adams was born in Weymouth Massachusetts, on November 11, 1744. Her mother was Elizabeth Quincy, and her father was William Smith. Elizabeth was born on 1721 in Braintree Massachusetts. William was born on January 29, 1706 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. William worked as a Congregationalist minister. William and Elizabeth got married 1740. Abigail is English, welsh, and “Her well-researched ancestral roots precede her birth some six centuries and are traced back to royal lines in France, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Holland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Switzerland’” Abigail was the second oldest of five. She had one brother and three sisters. Abigail got married when she was nineteen years old on October 25, 1764 to John Adams. Once they got married they had three sons and two daughters. Their son John Quincy Adams became the sixth president. Abigail didn’t have a formal education, but she was taught to write and read at her house. Whenever she was young she was sick a lot but she still tried her best to learn all that she could. (www.firstladies.org/biographies) (Walker 36) Abigail Adams’ early years didn’t involve her having a real job. As a young girl, reading was one of the main things she did because she didn’t have a proper education. Even though she didn’t get a real education, she was really smart and contributed to some of the most important changes to the United States. Once she got married, nine months later she had her first child. So she stayed home as a mother. Also, she did some of the household finance management and she also did some of the farming around their farm. John Adams couldn’t have done all that he did without Abigail....
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