A Very Brief Summary: Who Is Abigail Smith?

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Born on November 11, 1744 in the early Massachusetts colony in Weymouth, Abigail Smith was the second of four children of William Smith, a Congregational minister, and his wife, Elizabeth Quincy. Growing up, Abigail Smith educated herself while spending time at her grandmother’s house in English, French, and history by reading an immense amount. In 1764, she married John Adams, a lawyer, and became Abigail Adams. At the time, Abigail was nineteen years old and John was twenty eight. Abigail then moved with her husband to his farm in Braintree, Massachusetts which he inherited from his father. In 1774, John Adams became a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, which led to John being separated from his wife for long periods of
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