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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Louisa Adams
First Lady: 1825 - 1829
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  • Elizabeth Monroe & Louisa Adams Program
  • Louisa Adams' intellect
  • Dolley Madison portrayer on Louisa Adams
  • Cokie Roberts on Louisa Adams
  • Journal Entry on encounter with Napoleon's Army
  • Being foreign born and her relationship with Abigail Adams
  • Views on role of women
  • Relationship with Mother-in-Law Abigail Adams
  • Richard Norton Smith on Louisa Adams
  • Edith Mayo on Louisa Adams
  • Elizabeth Monroe and Louisa Adams program: Opening clip
  • Life at Peacefield
  • Entertaining and Campaigning
  • Life After the White House
  • Motherhood
  • Return to DC after Presidency
  • John Quincy and Louisa Adams Marriage
  • A brief introduction to Louisa Adams


Louisa Adams

John Quincy Adams
"There is something in this great, unsocial house which depresses my spirits beyond expression." Mrs. Adams said on the White House.

Born - February 21, 1775 in London, England

Parents - Joshua Johnson & Catherine Nuth Johnson

Married - July 26, 1797 to John Quincy Adams

Children - George Washington (1801 – 1829),
John (1803 – 1834),
Charles Francis (1807 – 1886),
Louisa Catherine (1811 – 1812)

Firsts - 1st and only First Lady not born in the United States.

Post White House residence - Washington, D.C.

Died - May 15, 1852 in Washington, D.C.

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