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John Adams

John Adams was the first born son of a Deacon John Adams and Susanna Boyslton Adams. He was born in the town of Braintree, Massachusetts on October 19, 1735 (currently Quincy, Massachusetts). He grew up in a farm house, a modest household, but his parents decided that they wanted their first born to receive an education . Thus, young Adams received instruction while his younger siblings worked beside their father in farming. In 1751, John Adams was admitted to Harvard where he remained until his graduation in 1755. He worked as a teacher in Worcester until he decided to study law in the office of lawyer John Putman. He was admitted to the Bar in 1758. Jonh Adams enjoyed writing about cases he observed, letters, and essays. On October 25, 1764 John Adams married Abigail Smith. In 1765, the turmoil caused by the Stamp Act, and Adams opposition to it attracted him to the Patriot cause. He was a delegate for the First and Second Continental Congresses where his influence and insights were important for the cause of the American Revolution. He was also appointed to the committee in charge of drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He was a diplomat working in France and Holland to help negotiate the Treaty of Paris of 1783 that ended the war for independence. He also worked from 1785 to 1788 as the first American Minister to the Court of St. James (in England). He was the first vice president of the United States during the two terms of President George Washington (1789-1797). He was elected the second president of the United States in 1797. During his presidency, the United States were caught in the war between France and England. Adams avoided a serious war with France. He signed into law the Alien and Sedition Act for which he was harshly criticized. Adams retired from public life in 1801. He continued writing and lived a quiet life until his death on July 4th. 1826.

Accomplishments

October 30, 1735-Birth of John Adams1751- Jonh Adams went to Harvard1758- Became a Lawyer1764 - Married Abigail Smith1770- Defended the British soldiers accussed in the Bostom Massacre1774-Delegate to the First Continental Congress1775- Served as delegate in the Second Continental Congress1776- Adams was appointed with 4 others to draft the Declaration of Independence1782-1788 - He was appointed US minister to the Netherlands1785-1788- Minister to the Court of St James1789 -1797 - Served as the first Vice president under George Washington1797-1801- Serve as Second President of the United States of America1800 - John Adams moves to the White House1818 - His wife Abigail Adams diedJuly 4th, 1826 John Adams died.

He was a delegate for the First and Second Continental Congresses where his influence and insights were important for the cause of the American Revolution. During the first congress he proposed George Washington as the commander of the army.He was also appointed to the committee in charge of drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776.He was the first vice president of the United States during the two terms of President George Washington (1789-1797). He was elected the second president of the United States in 1797.

Citations

Chronology of Events. (n.d.). ushistory.org. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/timeline.htmDeclaration of Independence 4 July 1776. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13jLQ_-3c8oFerling, J. (2010). Vanity is My Cardinal Vice. John Adams: A Life (). : Oxford University PressJohn Adams. (n.d.). The White House. Retrieved July 30, 2014, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/johnadamsJohn Adams (1735-1826). (2014, January 1). The American Revolution. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from http://www.ouramericanrevolution.org/index.cfm/people/view/pp0007States. National Park Service. (2014, July 2). John Adams. National Parks Service. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from http://www.nps.gov/adam/historyculture/john-adams.htm

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