John Adams

Independent, Leader, President

Biography

Family History: Adams was born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1735. He was 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. John Adams great grandfather, Henry Adams, emigrated from Braintree, Essex, England to Massachusetts where he settled in Massachusetts Bay. John's mother was a descendant of the Boylstons of Brookline.


Political Affiliations: John Adams was a federalist, which shows he supported strong central government because he didn't think it was right for the individual states to have power; but after refusing to go to war with France he lost most of his followers.


Contributions to colonial developments: He wanted the colonies to separate from Great Britain because he didn't think they were thinking about their people, showing his support he helped by leading that movement and continually voicing his opinions about it. He was also a strong advocate against the Stamp Act because of the taxes and tariffs Great Britian was pushing on the colonies, he showed his loyalty against this Act by being voiced about it and writing numerous essays explaining his view.

Citizenship

Citizenship is the quality of an individuals response to membership in a community or town


Examples:


John Adams being a president, lawyer, diplomat, and important public figure was one of the people that assisted Thomas Jefferson in writing the draft of the Declaration of Independence which helped the colonies or "community." This act showed his motion of citizenship towards his community.


The European diplomat John Adams proved to be very useful in helping negotiate a peace treaty that would later happen with Great Britain.


John Adams was apart of the organization, Sons of Liberty. This organization or group was made to protect the right of the people against the abuse from the British government. John Adams supported it and helped assimilate the Boston Tea Party which was a successful triumph for the Sons of Liberty.

Intergrity

Integrity is the characteristic of being honest with strong morals without being divided about them.


Examples:


John Adams was a strong advocate for freedom and displayed that with his actions when he proved to be the ONLY founding father to never own a slave in his lifetime.


His opinions never seemed to be wavering with the opinions of the public rather he stood for honesty and did not flinch from that spot till his death, for example he supported and successfully achieved fair trial for British soldiers regarding the Boston Massacre of 1770 even while neglecting his own political views, because he knew that was the honest thing to do.


He wrote many widely published essays attacking the Stamp Act of 1765 and the legality that Britain had which allowed them to impart colonial taxation without representation.


He was also a never-changing proponent for America's independence.

John Adams

John Adams - While I live, let me have a country, a free country!