Abigail Adams Bust Portrait Statue. Abigail Adams(1744-1818) By Terry Karselis (American Contemporary) Abigail Adams (née Smith) (November 11, 1744 – October28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams, who was the second President of the United States of America, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President. She was the first Second Lady of the United States and the second First Lady, bringing her significant intellect and ability to both positions. Abigail Adams, despite lack of a formal education, was widely read with particular interest in philosophy, Shakespeare,theology, the classics, ancient history, government and law. She ably managed the household and their farm during her husband’s frequent absences. The many letters she and her husband wrote to one another are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics, as well as a testament to their strong and affectionate marriage. The letters are invaluable eyewitness accounts of our democracy in its infancy.