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"Abigail Adams"
From a Letter to A Friend
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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"Adams and Liberty"
John Adams campaign song
©Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Abigail Adams's Necklace
1800

First Lady's faux pearls
This necklace--made of glass beads rather than real pearls--was owned by Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams. The Adams were the first presidential couple to reside in the newly built White House--then known as the Executive Mansion--after the nation's capital was moved to Washington, DC, from Philadelphia in 1800.

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Donated by a descendant of Abigail Adams, 1914
Among the earliest First Ladies costume items acquired by the Smithsonian
Abigail Adams, born November 11, 1744, Weymouth, MA; died October 28, 1818, Quincy, MA
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· Abigail Adams
· Abigail Adams: "Remember the Ladies!"
· "Abigail Adams," From a Letter to a Friend
· "Adams and Liberty" John Adams campaign song
· The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden - An NMAH Virtual Exhibition

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