Abner Linwood "Woody" Holton, III is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond in Virginia and is a member of the Richmond Research Institute.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received his PhD from Duke University. He is the
son of former Virginia Governor A. Linwood Holton Jr., the brother of former Virginia First Lady Anne Holton, and the brother-in-law
of Anne's husband, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.
Hilton spent the 2008-2009 academic year on sabbatical preparing this study of the
life of First Lady Abigail Adams. The book focuses extensively on the role of creditors and bond speculators in the creation of the
United States Constitution, by examining the financial savvy of one of America's earliest
and most aggressive female investors.
2007 National Book Award finalist, for Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution
2008 Guggenheim Fellowship
2010 Bancroft Prize, for Abigail Adams