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  Wells Adams, Elizabeth Hanna
NameElizabeth Hanna Wells Adams
Boston, Massachusetts , United States
Born January 26, 1735
DiedApril 29, 1808 (73 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Jan 26, 2012 12:36pm
InfoElizabeth Wells Adams was the second wife of noted orator and politician, Samuel Adams. The couple married on December 6, 1764. At the time, Elizabeth was 29-years-old and Samuel was in his forties. He had two surviving children from his previous marriage to complete their family. The couple would have no children together.

Elizabeth Wells Adams was, by all accounts, a hard-working and understanding woman. While Samuel was playing the role of political fire starter for the masses, Elizabeth was at home keeping their poorly funded family fed and clothed. Much of what Samuel did was largely voluntary. He had a small income and Elizabeth did with it what she could. She also supplemented their income with the little money that she could make with 'woman's work' from home. It would seem that her general disposition was happy and accommodating. This was good because her husband was more of a man of the people than a man of the home.

Despite Samuel's obvious neglect of his home life, he loved his wife dearly, as evidenced by the letters to "Betsy" that he sent while away in Philadelphia attending the first Continental Congress. He wrote of his concern for her. At the time, she was enduring the hardships of living in the Boston area without her husband, during the start of the American Revolution. She was there during the Battle of Bunker Hill. Samuel suggested that she move farther away, but she did not. Earlier that year, General Gage had offered a pardon to any rebel who would quit their rebellious activities. He excluded Elizabeth's husband and John Hancock. This had to have been either a matter of pride or of great consternation for her.

After the war, Samuel went on to have a successful political career and Elizabeth continued skillfully tending their home. They were married nearly fifty years when Samuel died in 1803. Elizabeth followed him in 1808.



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Husband Samuel Adams Dec 06, 1764-Oct 02, 1803

  11/08/1796 US First Lady Lost 5.43% (-20.29%)
  11/08/1796 Second Spouse Lost 7.32% (-25.85%)