Lead:  Mrs. John Quincy Adams hated the idea of living in the White House. She thought it would be a prison. It turned out to be a disaster.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: For most of their married life John Quincy and Louisa Adams did not get along. She was sensitive and impulsive, he was stern, dogmatic and demanding. It was an era in which New England wives were expected to be loyal, devoted homemakers living in the shadow of their husbands. He may have been from New England, she was not. Born in London in 1775 the daughter of a prosperous American overseas merchant, Louisa Johnson grew into an elegant and sophisticated young lady able to move in the highest circles of continental society. There she met the young American envoy to the Netherlands, John Quincy Adams, son of the second President of the United States.

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