John Adams

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John Adams

John Adams

John Adams had an interesting personal life away from very busy political career. He was born on October 30, 1735 in Braintree Massachusetts and attended Harvard University. He studied law in the office of John Putman and went on to have a very successful political career. He married Abigail Smith on October 25, 1764 and went on to have six children. He was also one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

John Adams signed the Decleration of Independence

John and Abigail Adams

The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre Trial


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The Boston Massacre Trial

John Adams most important case as a Lawyer was the Boston Massacre Trial. In 1770 Adams agreed to defend the British soldiers on trial for killing five civilians. During the trial Adams presented the evidence that mob had to be blamed too. The mob had provoked the soldiers and Adams stated that the soldiers did what anyone would do in a life threatening situation. Adams successfully defended six soldiers, however two of the soldiers were sentenced to thumb branding for manslaughter.

John Adams is arguably one of the best presidents in American history. He became the second president of the United States in 1796. As president a war between France and Britain caused difficulties politically for John Adams. Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Act to deport foreigners and make it harder for new immigrants to vote. He also ended the XYZ affairs.


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