(6) Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams


Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams



Death date



John Quincy Adams

Dates of service


Relationship to president


Other marriages 




First Ladies National Library Biography of Louisa Adams

White House Historical Association: Louisa Adams

The White House: Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams

Papers/letters collections

Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams letter to John Quincy Adams

Manuscripts for: Louisa Adams

Historical sites

Louisa Adams Gravesite

Fascinating details

  • Louisa is the first foreign-born first lady, born in London, England. Melania Trump is the only other foreign-born first lady to date.
  • Her social presence was of great benefit to her husband, President John Quincy Adams, who lacked strong social skills.
  • While Louisa actively supported John Quincy Adams in his political career, he shared little with her about his work.
  • She played a significant role in the abolition movement and women’s movement.
  • In an unprecedented sign of respect, both houses of Congress adjourned on the day of Louisa Adams’ funeral in her honor.