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John Adams

John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Braintree Massachusetts. His father was John Adams Sr. and his mother was Susanna Boylston Adams. At sixteen years old, Adams got a scholarship to Harvard University. At twenty years old, Adams graduated and studied law even though his father wanted him to work in the ministry. In 1758, Adams got his master’s degree and was then sent to the bar.

John Adams

This is a painting of John Adams working on the Declration of Independece

In 1796, John Adams was once again put on the ballot for president against Thomas Jefferson. Adams won the election by only a few votes which lead him to becoming the second president of the United States. While Adams was president, a war had broken out between France and Britain which caused political issues for the United States. Adams sent three commissioners to France, but France had refused to negotiate with America unless America had agreed to pay a certain amount of money towards France. This soon became known to the public and the nation wanted to go to war with France. However, John Adams did not declare a war which lead him to be less popular with the public. As a result, when he ran for his second term in 1800, he lost to Thomas Jefferson who became President.

Adams was quickly recognized by siding with the patriot cause because of his opposition towards the Stamp Act. Since he opposed the Stamp Act he wrote a document called the “Essay on the Canon and Feudal Law” that stated colonists basic rights were taken away by being taxed without consent. In 1770, Adams decided to defend the British soldiers on trial for killing five civilians. Likewise, he provided evidence that partial blame could be given to the mob for threatening the soldiers. In 1776, Adams decided that the colonies should form independent governments which set the stage for the formal passage of the Declaration of Independence. In 1789, Adams was put on the ballot for running as President against George Washington. John Adams lost and was given the job as Vice President.

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This is a portrait of John Adams

John Adams Signature on The Delclaration of Indepedence

John Adams defends British Soldiers

John Adams defends British Soldiers


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