Based on David McCullough’s influential book John Adams, it could not have been easy to be a member of our second president’s family. And it certainly must not have been easy to marry into that family.
But that is just what Louisa Catherine Johnson did when she married John Quincy Adams. Born in England, she did not come to this country until she was married to Adams for four years. Together they traveled the world in service to a fledgling country, engaged in the rough and tumble of 19th-century politics, suffered the loss of two children, all the while holding fast to a tumultuous marriage.