We all know the names of famous First Ladies – Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nancy Reagan – and they all left their marks on our country in one way or another. One of these women that you probably don’t know much about is Louisa Adams, wife of President John Quincy Adams.

Louisa Thomas, author of The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams, has researched this extraordinary woman and discusses her strength, political wit, and resilience. Thomas notes her uniqueness as the only foreign first lady (other than Melania Trump) and explains how crucial it was that her social grace supplemented President Quincy Adams cold personality. Louisa’s life gives people a view of history that is very rare and the range of her experiences is fascinating.


  • Louisa Thomas, author, Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams 

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