Louisa Adams
First Lady of the United States
Louisa Adams
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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Carpenter Square production a triumph of characterization over action - NewsOK.com
Google News - over 5 years
This made her a perfect foil for Louisa Adams as Meredith, the attractive, jaundiced younger sister of the never-seen bride, who has a large Malcolm X picture over the bed in her upstairs room. Soon taking off her dress in favor of more casual attire,
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Dolley Madison, Betsey Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln, Together at the ... - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
Along with Louisa Adams, widow of John Quincy Adams, they led a women's committee to raise needed funds to start building. Historian Thomas Fleming noted: “Their appeal inspired startling numbers of people to open their wallets.” On February 22 1848,
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Maryland church is part of first ladies' family histories - Newnan Times-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Ancestors of both Louisa Adams and Knox Davis are connected with Christ Church, which is located near Port Republic in Calvert County, Md. "This is the oldest Episcopal church in this county," said Anne Yoe. Yoe, who still worships at Christ Church,
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The Marionette: Students perform The Magic of Disney - my.hsj.org
Google News - almost 6 years
There were some outside help with the choreography Louisa Adams, OCU student, on two performances, “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.” McKinstry was recruited for the dance number by Gray. “Mrs. Gray needed a Beast, so I did what she asked,”
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ESSAY; White House-Keeping
NYTimes - almost 7 years
Laura Bush has made it to about Mile 25 in the political memoir marathon -- past the mega advance, past the leaked details, past the saturation-point publicity, all the way to No. 1 on The New York Times's best-seller list. If she needs a boost for the final stretch, she might remind herself of Lady Bird Johnson's experience more than 40 years ago.
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Traveling Woman
NYTimes - almost 7 years
MRS. ADAMS IN WINTER A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon By Michael O'Brien Illustrated. 364 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27 She was neither the first nor the last diplomatic wife to receive the directive, later reduced to six words: ''Pay, pack and follow, at convenience.'' The version that reached Louisa Catherine Adams in January 1815 was
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OP-ART; Strands of American History
NYTimes - over 7 years
It's a kind of calligraphy, these ringlets and waves, hair combed, twisted and pinned. A first lady's coiffure is a pattern, chosen as deliberately as the White House china, but prey to wind and rain, especially on cold Inauguration Days. It's also prey to public opinion, should she dare to make quixotic changes in her 'do -- a sign of flippancy
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The American Majority
NYTimes - over 13 years
AMERICA'S WOMEN Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines. By Gail Collins. Illustrated. 556 pp. New York: William Morrow. $27.95. A GENERATION ago, ''America's Women'' amounted to 10 words (and one letter): Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Helen Keller, Betsy Ross, Harriet Tubman. On a good day, or perhaps as an admonition, a
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Public Interests; A Modest Proposal
NYTimes - about 16 years
We've got to get Bill Clinton to run for mayor of New York City. I'm serious. He needs the job. We have here the greatest politician of the last half of the 20th century. He's 54, the age when most people in his business are just beginning to make their big move, and he's got nothing to run for. Unless he finds a serious outlet for all that
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Ideas & Trends; She's Not the First Lady to Escape the White House
NYTimes - about 17 years
THE White House, with 132 rooms of grandeur and its aura of power, has often seemed confining to the wives of the men who lived there. Hillary Rodham Clinton, seeking power that she did not have to exercise through her husband, announced last week that she was moving to an 11-room house in Chappaqua. Mrs. Clinton is not the first president's wife
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New & Noteworthy
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: LIGHT, by Michael I. Sobel. (University of Chicago, $14.95.) A physicist shows that understanding light can lead to an appreciation of every level of the universe, from atoms to animals to stars. The author ''is a popularizer in the best sense, the expert witness clearly and concisely explaining complex concepts,'' James Cornell said here in
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  • 1852
    She remained in Washington until her death of a heart attack on May 15, 1852, at the age of 77.
    More Details Hide Details The day of her funeral was the first time both houses of the United States Congress adjourned in mourning for any woman. She is entombed at her husband's side, along with her parents-in-law President John Adams and first lady Abigail Adams, in the United First Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts. The First Spouse Program under the Presidential $1 Coin Act authorizes the United States Mint to issue 1/2 ounce $10 gold coins and medal duplicates to honor the first spouses of the United States. Louisa Adams' coin was released May 29, 2008.
  • 1831
    She thought she was retiring to Massachusetts permanently, but in 1831 her husband began seventeen years of service in the United States House of Representatives.
    More Details Hide Details The untimely deaths of her two oldest sons added to her burdens. "Our union has not been without its trials," John Quincy Adams conceded. He acknowledged many "differences of sentiment, of tastes, and of opinions in regard to domestic economy, and to the education of children between us." But added that "she always has been a faithful and affectionate wife, and a careful, tender, indulgent, and watchful mother to our children." Her husband died at the United States Capitol in 1848.
  • 1828
    In his diary for June 23, 1828, her husband recorded her "winding silk from several hundred silkworms that she has been rearing," evidently in the White House.
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  • 1825
    The pleasures of moving into the White House in 1825 were dimmed by the bitter politics of the election, paired with her deep depression.
    More Details Hide Details Though she continued her weekly "drawing rooms", she preferred quiet evenings of reading, composing music and verse, and playing her harp. As First Lady, she became reclusive and depressed. For a time, she regretted ever having married into the Adams family, the men of which she found cold and insensitive. The necessary entertainments were always elegant and her cordial hospitality made the last official reception a gracious occasion although her husband had lost his bid for re-election and partisan feeling still ran high.
  • 1817
    When John Quincy Adams was appointed James Monroe's Secretary of State in 1817, the family moved to Washington, D.C. where Louisa's drawing room became a center for the diplomatic corps and other notables.
    More Details Hide Details Music enhanced her Tuesday evenings at home, and theater parties contributed to her reputation as an outstanding hostess.
  • 1814
    Peace negotiations called Adams to Ghent in 1814 and then to London.
    More Details Hide Details To join him, she made a forty-day journey across war-ravaged Europe by coach in winter. Roving bands of stragglers and highwaymen filled her with "unspeakable terrors" for her son. The next two years gave her an interlude of family life in the country of her birth.
  • 1809
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the glamour of the tsar's court, she had to struggle with cold winters, strange customs, limited funds, and poor health. An infant daughter born in 1811 died the next year.
  • 1797
    Her parents left Europe in 1797 and went to the U.S. When her father was forced into bankruptcy, President John Adams appointed him as U.S. Director of Stamps.
    More Details Hide Details Her father died in Frederick, Maryland, in 1802 of severe fever and some mental problems, leaving little provision for his family. Her mother died in September 1811, in her mid-fifties and is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery. John Quincy Adams and Louisa Adams had the following children: Louisa was sickly, plagued by migraine headaches and frequent fainting spells. She had several miscarriages over the course of her marriage.
    Adams, aged 30, married Louisa, aged 22, on July 26, 1797, at the parish church of All Hallows-by-the-Tower, Tower Hill.
    More Details Hide Details Adams's father, John Adams, then President of the United States, overcame his initial objections to his son marrying a person born in another country and eventually welcomed his daughter-in-law into the family, although they did not meet for several years.
  • 1790
    She met John Quincy Adams at her father's house in Cooper's Row, near Tower Hill, London. Her father had been appointed as United States consul general in 1790, and Adams first visited him in November 1795.
    More Details Hide Details Adams at first showed interest in her older sister but soon settled on Louisa.
  • 1775
    Born Louisa Catherine Johnson on February 12, 1775, in London, she was the daughter of Catherine Nuth Johnson (an Englishwoman) and Joshua Johnson (an American merchant), whose brother Thomas Johnson later served as Governor of Maryland and United States Supreme Court Justice.
    More Details Hide Details Joshua Johnson was originally from Maryland. She had six sisters: Ann, Caroline, Harriet, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Adelaide, and a brother, Thomas. She grew up in London and Nantes, France, where the family took refuge during the American Revolution.
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