Abigail Smith’s mother was distressed that her daughter wanted to marry John Adams, a country lawyer who farmed to support his legal work. But Abigail was determined, and the chronicle of that couple’s life together proved the wisdom of her choice.
Through the tumultuous years of the American Revolution, the Adams raised four children to adulthood. They lived in Paris and London as well as in Quincy Massachusetts, and not only opposed the rule of King George III but also met that King when John served as America’s first ambassador to the United Kingdom.
John Adams became the second President of the United States and Abigail became the first president’s wife to move into the newly constructed White House in Washington, DC.
Mary Sudman Donovan presents the rich lives of our nation’s second president and his wife. Her PowerPoint will be using words from both Abigail and John Adams, and contemporary portraits and illustrations. Join us to hear more of this extraordinary couple’s life story.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: MARY SUDMAN DONOVAN
Ms. Donovan is a historian and author. She earned a Ph.D. in American history at Columbia University and has taught American and world history. Having taught for many years at Hunter College of the City University of New York, she now teaches Learners’ Courses at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch.
Mary was president of the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. She is the author of several books including The Thirteen Colonies Cookbook and George Washington at “Head Quarters, Dobbs Ferry.”
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