October 19, 2016 First Lady Louisa Adams Is Subject of Book Discussion

Wife of John Quincy Adams Is Often Forgotten in History

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In “Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams” (Penguin, 2016), author Louisa Thomas presents the first comprehensive biography of the nation’s only foreign-born first lady.

Thomas will discuss and sign her book, which was researched at the Library of Congress, on Thursday, Nov. 3, at noon in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Louisa Catherine Johnson (1775-1852) was born in London on the eve of the American Revolution. Her parents, an American father who was appointed consul general for the United States in 1790 and a British mother, raised her as an American and wanted her to marry one. She met John Quincy Adams in 1795 at her father’s house. After a tempestuous courtship, Louisa and John Quincy married and eventually moved to America.

Louisa Adams’s story is one of political adeptness and support of her husband’s ambition to become U.S. president.

Louisa Thomas is the author of “Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family – A Test of Will and Faith in World War I.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, The Paris Review and elsewhere.

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PR 16-186
ISSN 0731-3527