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Adams, Louisa (Catherine b. Johnson)

(1775–1852) First Lady; born in London, England (mother of Charles Francis Adams, grandmother of Henry Adams). Daughter of a Maryland merchant and English mother, she met the young John Quincy Adams in London in 1795 when her father was the first U.S. consul; they were married in 1797. Renowned for her beauty, and accustomed to a more elegant life than were the Adams clan, she stayed by her husband as he pursued his career of public service in Europe and Washington but she often suffered from both physical illness and mental depression. In 1840 she began a memoir, The Adventures of a Nobody, but her many letters provide the most revealing glimpse of her world.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Louisa Adams, the London-born wife to John Quincy Adams - and the only other foreign-born first lady besides Melania - reportedly spent her time in the White House depressed and binge-eating chocolates.
Born in Slovenia, Melania Trump is the first foreign-born first lady to occupy the White House since Louisa Adams, the London-born wife of John Quincy Adams, who became first lady in 1825.
But Trump, the first foreign-born first lady since Louisa Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, a month into her husband's presidency has kept her distance, opting to stay in New York, at least until son Barron finishes the school year.
Melania will be America's first foreign-born First Lady since Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who was president from 1825-1829.
New books on Louisa Adams, Clementine Churchill, and women in Washington, D.C., during 1848-1868 prove that the talents of women don't have to be obvious to be effective or important.
The only one so far: Louisa Adams, born in England, wife of John Quincy Adams.
Cook offers readers a light, breezy jaunt through the era of the War of 1812 through the eyes of Louisa Adams. Drawing on passages of a select few sources, this account suggests far greater and deeper meaning than the research and author prove.
The gripping tale of Louisa Adams's fraught 40-day coach ride from Saint Petersburg to join her husband in Paris during the Hundred Days ends with her safe arrival and discovery that her husband "was perfectly astonished at my adventures, as everything in Paris was quiet." Even as the reader savors Louisa's charmingly ironic pleasure in achieving "the protection of a husband" who had enjoyed the Parisian theater during her own desperate passage, Roberts explains the joke, hammering in the point with an exclamation mark.
Surely the most exotic critters came with the John Quincy Adams administration (1825-1829): an alligator that the Marquise de Lafayette bestowed on the President and silkworms that first lady Louisa Adams kept.
Washington and grappled with what to call the president's wife, settling on "Lady Washington." Although Abigail Adams was forthright and Dolly Madison exhibited social graces, Elizabeth Monroe apparently stayed away from Washington as much as she could, and Louisa Adams retreated from the public eye because of ill health.
(35) During his years in the White House, First Lady Louisa Adams and the President frequently hosted dinner parties for their Washington friends, which Marshall attended.
Martha Washington and Mary Lincoln accompanied their men to the battlefields, and Louisa Adams entered a French prison to save Mme.