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Louisa Adams

First Lady of the United States

Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, born Louisa Catherine Johnson, wife of John Quincy Adams, was First Lady of the United States from 1825 to 1829.

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1775 Birth Born on February 12, 1775.


1790 15 Years Old Born in London, she was the only First Lady born outside of the United States. She was the daughter of Joshua Johnson, an American merchant, and Catherine Nuth-Johnson, an Englishwoman. Her father was originally from Maryland and served as United States consul general in London after 1790. … Read More


1797 22 Years Old 1 More Event
She again met Adams, this time in London, where her father had been appointed American consul. Adams at first showed interest in her older sister but soon settled on Louisa. John Quincy Adams, aged 30, married Louisa, aged 22, on July 26, 1797, at All Hallows Barking parish in London, England. … Read More


1809 34 Years Old She left her two older sons in Massachusetts for education in 1809 when she took two-year-old Charles Francis Adams to Russia, where Adams served as a Minister. … Read More
1814 39 Years Old Peace negotiations called Adams to Ghent in 1814 and then to London. … Read More


1817 42 Years Old When John Quincy Adams was appointed James Monroe's U.S. Secretary of State the family moved to Washington, D.C., in 1817 where Louisa's drawing room became a center for the diplomatic corps and other notables. … Read More


1825 50 Years Old The pleasures of moving into the White House in 1825 were dimmed by the bitter politics of the election, paired with her deep depression. … Read More
1828 53 Years Old In his diary for June 23, 1828, her husband records her "winding silk from several hundred silkworms that she has been rearing," evidently in the White House. … Read More
1831 56 Years Old Louisa thought she was retiring to Massachusetts permanently, but in 1831 her husband began seventeen years of service in the United States House of Representatives. … Read More


1848 73 Years Old Her husband died at the United States Capitol in 1848; after which, she remained in Washington until her death of a heart attack on May 15, 1852, at the age of 77. … Read More
1852 77 Years Old Died on May 15, 1852.
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