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Boston Massacre,Stamp Act,Continental Congress

Continental Congress

The Congress selected John Adams to help participate in this organization in 1774 ("Role in Congress"). He had many accomplishments while he participated in the Congress from 1774 to 1777. While John Adams participated in the First Continental Congress, he always supported independence (“Role in Congress”). On June 17, 1776 the newly created Board of War and Ordnance named John Adams president of this organization because of his input for American independence (“Role in Congress”). The congress also selected John Adams to help write the draft for the Declaration of Independence (“Role in Congress”). Also, the congress elected him to create the Treaty of Paris which successfully brought an end to the Revolutionary War (“Role in Congress”). Subsequently, John Adams participated in congress more than anybody else during his time, and he had the greatest success rate.

Boston Massacre Trials

In March of 1770 the people of Boston accused Captain Preston and his men for firing at them (“The Boston Massacre Trials”). Captain Preston and his men needed a lawyer to help defend their case, and John Adams agreed to defend them (“The Boston Massacre Trials”). John Adams had to first testify for Captain Preston, and he argued that Preston did not shout the word “fire” (“The Boston Massacre Trials”). Preston’s trial ran from October 24, 1770 to October 30, 1770, and in the end the jury ruled not guilty (“The Boston Massacre Trials”). Following this trial John Adams defended eight soldiers, and he stated that they should attain no fault for this incident (“The Boston Massacre Trials”). In the end the jury ruled six of the soldiers not guilty, but the jury ruled Matthew Kilroy and Hugh Montgomery guilty of manslaughter (“The Boston Massacre Trials”). John Adams successfully completed another case, and his political status grew even more throughout the city of Boston.

Stamp Act

John Adams began his career in politics by publishing an essay for the Boston Gazette called “A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law” in 1765 (“Stamp Act and the beginning of political activism”). His essay talked about how the Stamp Act took away the right for a jury of peers to try others and the right for people to get taxed by consent (“Stamp Act and the beginning of political activism”). Also, John Adams further emphasized his point about the Stamp Act when he spoke about its invalidity at the speech to the governor in Massachusetts (“Stamp Act and the beginning of political activism”). After the hard work of John Adams and other political activists, the Stamp act vanished in March of 1766 (“Stamp Act and the beginning of political activism”). John Adams first gained publicity as a great political activist because of his input on the Stamp Act.

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Fun Fact

1) John Adams never held slaves2) None of John Adams' family members attended his innaugaration3) Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 18264) The last statement John Adams made before he died was "Thomas Jefferson survives".By: Shiv Lamba

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