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Mr. President vs. “Mrs. President”: A Debate between Abigail and John Adams

Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm


Abigail Adams was an educated, upper-class woman whose well-articulated opinions on government, politics and life influenced at least two American presidents: her husband, President John Adams, and her son, President John Quincy Adams.

Being her husband’s respected confidant resulted in critics calling her “Mrs. President.”

John Adams – America’s first vice president and second president – was a man of many contradictions. John had a brilliant legal mind, hated to be refuted, annoyed his fellow delegates in Philadelphia, and was one of the biggest proponents behind the scenes for American independence. His fellow signatories to the Declaration of Independence labeled him the “Atlas of Independence.”

Yet, the one person who could boldly refute John was Abigail. She’s often remembered for warning John to “…remember the ladies…” when demanding such newfound independence from the crown. In a March 1776 letter, she urged John and his Philadelphia colleagues to “not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands … If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

Join us for an evening with one of America’s original power couples, Abigail and John Adams. From the same theater company that brought the wildly successful Alexander Hamilton-Thomas Jefferson debate to Haddonfield in 2022, actors Kim Hanley and Peyton Dixon of the American Historical Theater will enlighten us on an unusual colonial marriage that helped shape America.


The Haddon Fortnightly
301 Kings Highway
East Haddonfield, NJ 08033 United States
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