JOHN ADAMS

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JOHN ADAMS

John Adams

Born: October 30, 1735, Braintree, MADied: July 4, 1826, Quincy, MA

Learned and thoughtful, John Adams was more remarkable as a political philosopher than as a politician.

Adams was born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1735. A Harvard-educated lawyer, he early became identified with the patriot cause; a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses, he led in the movement for independence

"People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity," he said, doubtless thinking of his own as well as the American experience.

Adams retired to his farm in Quincy

John Quincy Adams, Abigail Adams Smith, Charles Adams, Thomas Boylston Adams, Susanna Adams, Elizabeth Adams

Presidential term: March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801

He was a direct descendant of Puritan colonists from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He studied law at Harvard University, and in 1758 was admitted to the bar. In 1774, he served on the First Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Adams became the first vice president of the United States and the second president.

Abigail Adams was the wife of John Adams, the first Vice President, and second President, of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States.

Abigal Adams

Married: Abigail Smith (1744-1818), on October 25, 1764

He was the second President

In 1770, Adams defended British soldiers accused of killing five colonists on Boston Green in what became known as the Boston Massacre. Even though he disagreed with British policies, he wanted to ensure the British soldiers got a fair trial.


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