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S. ambassador to France. Later he became George Washington’s first secretary of state. In 1796 he ran for president, but lost to John Adams. However, he won enough electoral votes to become vice president. In 1800 he was elected president and won reelection four years later. During his presidency, he oversaw drawn-out negotiations to buy 530 million acres of French territory for just pennies an acre. The deal became known as the Louisiana Purchase, and it was finalized in 1803. It doubled the size of the United States.

Boller, Presidential Wives: An Anecdotal History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 475. 4. html 5. Phyllis Lee Levin, Abigail Adams: A Biography (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987), p. 310. 6. Edith B. Gelles, Abigail Adams: A Writing Life (New York: Routledge, 2002), p. 163. 7. Margaret Truman, First Ladies (New York: Random House, 1995), p. 96. 8. Gelles, p. 164. 9. Boller, p. 29. 10. David McCullough, John Adams (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001), p. 104. 11. , p. 553. 12. Gelles, p.

1768 The Adamses’ second daughter, Susanna, is born. 1770 Susanna dies; their second son, Charles, is born. 1772 Their third son, Thomas, is born. 1776 Abigail sends her “Remember the Ladies” letter to John as delegates to the Second Continental Congress begin drafting the Declaration of Independence. 1777 Abigail gives birth to a stillborn daughter, Elizabeth. 1784 Abigail travels to Paris with Nabby. 1785 She goes to Great Britain with John and Nabby. 1786 Nabby marries William Smith. 1787 Abigail becomes a grandmother when Nabby’s son is born.

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