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Obituary notice for Abigail Adams
Obituary Notice for Abigail Adams

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Abigail Adams, His Better Half

Abigail eventually joined her husband abroad during his diplomatic service, and as a result returned to the United States in 1788 as a valuable friend and entertaining consultant to first lady Martha Washington during John Adams's terms as Washington's vice president. During Adams's own presidency, from 1797-1801, he and Abigail oversaw the government's move from Philadelphia to Washington and were the first presidential family to occupy the White House. Although she spent only three months there, Abigail hosted a number of formal social engagements. After Adams's term as president ended, he and Abigail spent 17 years at their new house in Braintree, finally getting the time together that they had long desired.

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