November 11, 1744 was the birthday of Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and the second “first lady” of the U.S. I’m not terribly well-versed in the history of my own country (sorry, Tudor England won me over) but Tom is a huge fan of President Adams and his amazing wife. John and Abigail kept extensive correspondence during their marriage when politics kept them separated. He frequently sought his wife’s advice on various political matters, which is remarkable, considering that women were considered unfit to be involved in politics at the time.
So, three cheers for Abigail! And if you happen to be in Quincy, Mass, you should definitely visit all of the Adams landmarks. It’s pretty cool. Plus, the Boston Public Library has John Adams’s library in their collection.