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First Ladies: Elizabeth Monroe & Louisa Catherine Adams

Washington, DC
Monday, March 18, 2013

This week, we explore the relationship of Elizabeth Monroe with her husband, President James Monroe, and her friendship with Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of Monroe's Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, and her successor as First Lady.

As First Lady from 1817-1825, in a time known as the "Era of Good Feelings," Elizabeth Monroe's tenure as First Lady brought anything but good feelings from within the social circles of Washington. A much more private First Lady than her predecessor Dolley Madison, she gained the reputation of being "Queenly" amongst her critics.

As wife of the Secretary of State, Louisa Catherine Adams was in her element in Washington social circles as much as Elizabeth Monroe was not. We examine her life, her unhappy time in the White House and her complex relationship with her husband, John Quincy Adams, and former First Lady Abigail Adams.

Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12:01am (ET)

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