John Adams

Source: Vassar College

On October 30, 1735, John Adams – the first president to live in the White House and the first to have a child serve in the same capacity – was born.

Abigail Smith met Adams in 1759, and five years afterward they were married in a ceremony officiated by her father.

Their correspondence has been described as “an epic tale about the making of American history and a great love story all rolled into one.”

Octr 4th. 1762

Miss Adorable

    By the same Token that the Bearer hereof satt up with you last night I hereby order you to give him, as many Kisses, and as many Hours of your Company after 9 OClock as he shall please to Demand and charge them to my Account: This Order, or Requisition call it which you will is in Consideration of a similar order Upon Aurelia for the like favour, and I presume I have good Right to draw upon you for the Kisses as I have given two or three Millions at least, when one has been recd, and of Consequence the Account between us is immensely in favour of yours

John Adams


Joseph J. Ellis, foreword to My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams, eds. Margaret A. Hogan and C. James Taylor (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007).