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Quincy in Norfolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Abigail Adams

Adams Nat’l Hist Park

 

—Quincy, Mass —

 
Abigail Adams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
1. Abigail Adams Marker
Inscription. “Improve your understanding for acquiring useful knowledge and virtue, such as will render you an ornament to society, an Honour to your Country, and a Blessing to Your parents.”
Abigail Adams in a letter to her 10-year-old son, John Quincy Adams, in Europe.


Abigail Adams was a determined and intelligent woman and one of history’s most renowned and prolific letter writers. She holds the distinction of being the wife of the second U.S. President, John Adams, and the mother of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams. For nearly a decade during and after the American Revolution, as her husband struggled at home and abroad to establish a new nation, Abigail remained the “patriot on the home front,” a keen observer and astute chronicler of the events that led to American independence. Her now-famous correspondence provided her husband with a window on the tumultuous events in Boston and Braintree and left an indelible “pen and parchment” record for future generations.

In a compelling appeal for women’s rights, Abigail urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” as John and his fellow delegates at the Constitutional Congress sought to devise a new code of laws for the young nation. In her children, she sought to instill a commitment to education, family, and public
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By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
2. Marker in Quincy
service. During the American Revolution, as patriots of all ages answered the call of their fledgling country, Abigail inspired her 11-year-old son with the words “these are the times in which a genius would wish to live.”

The Statue
This bronze statue, dedicated by the Quincy Partnership on June 14, 1997, was created by sculptor Lloyd Littie of Newton, Massachusetts. It depicts Abigail Adams urging young John Quincy Adams to go out into the world and prove himself. The statue stands on the grounds of the Hancock Meetinghouse, predecessor to the adjacent United First Parish Church.
 
Erected by Adams National Hist Park.
 
Location. 42° 15.083′ N, 71° 0.201′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Hancock Street and Washington Street, on the left when traveling south on Hancock Street. Click for map. Marker is located just north of the United First Parish Church. Marker is in this post office area: Quincy MA 02169, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United First Parish Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Hancock Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Men of Quincy, Mass.
Abigail Adams and her son John Quincy image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
3. Abigail Adams and her son John Quincy
(within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Adams (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Adams (approx. ¼ mile away); Old House (approx. half a mile away); Adams National Historical Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sailors Home Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Quincy.
 
More about this marker. The marker contains a portrait of Abigail Adams painted by Benjamin Blyth in 1764, courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Near this is the closing from her letter to John Quincy, “your ever affectionate mother, A A.
 
Also see . . .
1. First Lady Biography: Abigail Adams. National First Ladies Library website. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Abigail Smith Adams. Short official biography of the wife of President John Adams. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
4. John Adams
This bronze statue of Abigail's husband, John Adams, is located across the street, in front of City Hall in Quincy Center.
Closeup of John Adams image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
5. Closeup of John Adams
Abigail Adams image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2014
6. Abigail Adams
This portrait of Abigail Smith Adams 1800 / 1815 by Gilbert Stuart hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,338 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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