The First Ladies and Their Presidents

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Published: 25th July 2012
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The wives of US presidents are often influential American figures in their own right. While they have got no legitimate obligations, the wives are an essential part of the US government. The function of the and Theirlady has evolved over the centuries, from welcoming and entertaining guests in the Whitehouse to advocates for public policy.

What follows may be classed as a précis of 2 incredibly well known presidents' wives and also their respective husbands, nevertheless further information might be found on them in history books to read.

Mary Lincoln: Mary Ann Todd was born in Kentucky in December 1818 to a prominent slave-holding family. A move to Illinois in her teenage years was fortuitous because it was there that she was to meet and marry a budding politician and lawyer, Abraham Lincoln. This marriage produced 4 sons, but just 2 of them, Thomas and Robert, lived to later life.

In November 1860, Lincoln was elected as the sixteenth President of the United States. This prompted a number of southern states to break away from the Union. Many Kentuckians from the Todd's social circle, and also her stepfamily, supported the southern cause, nevertheless Mary was always a fervent and untiring follower of the Union.

Mary was sat beside President Lincoln in a theatre when he was killed by an assassin. Lincoln died the next day and Mary Todd Lincoln never completely recovered. Mary went back to Illinois and, following the loss of her son Thomas in 1871, fell into a serious depression. Her sole living son, Robert, put her in an insane asylum. Mary was released three months later, however never forgave him for what he did. Mary spent her later years travelling all through Europe, despite the fact that she suffered from failing health. Mary passed away on 16 July 1882 at the age of 63.

Abigail Adams: Born Abigail Smith on 11 November 1744 in Massachusetts, daughter of a minister. Abigail was a keen reader, liking particularly the writings of Shakespeare and Milton. She didn't attend school since that was the norm for girls in this time. During 1761 she met an attorney by the name of John Adams and in 1765 decided to get wed. They had four kids, one of whom was John Quincy Adams, who eventually became the 6th president of the United States 7 years following Abigail's demise in 1825.

Due to a busy law practice and his later interest in the American Revolution, he spent lots of time away from home, leaving Abigail to deal with their farm and care for the children alone. The two of them remained devoted by writing letters to each other, of which there were many.

It was in one of these letters, Abigail spoke of her concern for ladies and asked that her husband wouldn't put limitless authority into the hands of men - writing all men would be tyrants if they could. She ventured to say: "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or representation."

Abigail regularly expressed her thoughts on matters of state with her husband and functioned as an informal adviser to him all through his career. Following the revolution, Abigail Adams united with her husband in England where he served as the 1st US minister to the Court of St James from 1785 to 1788.

When he returned from England, John Adams was elected president in 1797 and Abigail was widely hated by several critics who were annoyed with her because of her lavish expenditure during the Civil War, her candor and the influence Abigail could wield over her husband.

Additional information on many of the first ladies, the presidents themselves and also American history can be found in books on history and likewise in biographies books.


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