William McKinley and his wife, Ida. When he took office in 1897, he defied the protocol of the day, insisting his wife be seated beside him at state dinners, so he could help if a seizure struck her, or cover her face with a handkerchief to ward off an impending attack. When he was fatally shot in 1901, his last thoughts were of her, whispering "My wife - be careful - how you tell her."
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Abigail Adams (1744 – 1818) wife of President John Adams and mother of President John Quincy Adams. Abigail was not merely a great woman behind the great men; she actively brought attention to women's issues throughout her husbands political career, was an adviser to her husband, and a diarist who kept invaluable records during the beginning of the US as a nation.