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Title Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
Collection First Lady Dolls
Catalog Number 2015.017.006
Description Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams (1775-1852)
Wife of John Quincy Adams - First Lady from 1825-1829

Louisa Adams was born in London, England on February 12, 1775. She is the only First Lady that was born outside of the United States. Her physical appearance is described as being 5'6" tall with brown hair and brown eyes.
Louisa married John Quincy Adams on July 26, 1797 at age 22. The wedding of the President's son to a British-born woman caused national uproar in the United States. The Boston Independent Chronicle's September 14, 1797 edition stated that, "Young John Adams', Negotiations have terminated in a Marriage Treaty with an English Lady . . ." She did not come to the United States until four years after her marriage to John Quincy. Louisa had a reputation of being an outstanding hostess.
She became the First Lady on March 4, 1825 at age 52, and continued until March 4, 1829. Louisa found that her time as First Lady was a genuinely depressing time in her life. She did break some traditions, encouraging dancing at her son's wedding and participating herself. Uniquely, she was one of only two known First Ladies, the other being Abigail Fillmore, who enjoyed providing musical entertainment for guests at the conclusion of formal dinners. She was an accomplished harpist, loved to sketch and write French verse.
She died on May 15, 1852 in Washington D.C. at age 77.
Upon the death of Louisa Adams, both houses of Congress adjourned in mourning, making her the first woman whose death was so acknowledged by the federal government.
Event Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project
Creator Park, Phyllis Juhlin
Costume Costume by Millecam, Helen Reese; Fletcher, Afton Mecham
Given Given by the Progressive Arts Club
Source Uintah County Library