|Name||Abigail "Nabby" Adams Smith|
, New York , United States
|| July 14, 1765
|| August 15, 1813
|Last Modifed||Thomas Walker|
Jan 30, 2008 01:45pm
|Info||Abigail "Nabby" Adams Smith (July 14, 1765 – August 15, 1813) was the firstborn of Abigail and John Adams, founding father and second President of the United States of America. She was named for her mother. |
Abigail "Nabby" Adams was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. She was the favorite child, showered with attention by her mother, for whom she was named and her father. By the age of 10 she was a mature girl and helped her mother with farm chores while her father and brother were away on diplomatic missions.
At the age of 18, Nabby met and fell in love with Royall Tyler. Her father thought she was too young to have a boyfriend, but he eventually accepted it. At one point the two were even engaged to be married. But John Adams, now the U.S. foreign minister to Great Britain, eagerly called for his wife and daughter to join him in London.
"Nabby" maintained a long distance relationship with Tyler. But the engaged couple quarelled, and Nabby broke off the engagement. Shortly afterward she met Colonel William Stephens Smith, who was serving as her father's secretary and was 10 years her senior. They were married at the American minister's residence in London on June 12, 1786.
Although William was in debt, Nabby was devoted to him, and the couple had four children, three of whom survived childhood. William was involved in a series of speculative ventures that led to financial and political difficulties. Nabby's parents used their influence when possible to obtain government jobs for William, but this did not keep their daughter from penury.
In 1810, Nabby was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer continued to spread throughout her body, and she died, aged 48, on Sunday, August 15, 1813.
She was the first biological child of a president. Born July 14, 1765, she died on August 15, 1813.