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Back cover of "Liberty alight : dinner to the President of the United States, celebrating the illumination of the Statue of Liberty"

The Statue of Liberty, flanked by the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Dec. 5, 1983. Photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Abigail Adams-wife of the 2nd President to the 6th. As an intellectually open-minded woman for her day, Adams' ideas on women's rights and government would eventually play a major role, albeit indirectly, in the founding of the United States. She became one of the most erudite women ever to serve as First Lady.Abigail's legacy lives on through the many letters she wrote in correspondence with her husband notables of the time.