John Adams

By: Colin McCusker and Billy Mills

Early Life

John Adams was born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1735 on October 30th. His father was John Adams Sr, a farmer. When John Adams was 16, he obtained a scholarship to attend Harvard. After graduating at age 20, he studied law with James Putnam, a lawyer.

The Boston Massacre

During the Boston Massacre, colonists were upset about the British taxes, and the colonists started throwing objects such as oyster shells and snowballs at the British. British soldiers panicked and fired into the crowd. John Adams agreed to defend the soldiers who shot into the crowd in court. Adams argued that the crowd aggravated the soldiers into firing. Adams successfully defended the soldiers. in the end, the soldiers received a branding on the hand, the worst punishment any soldier could get.


John Adams was the vice president for George Washington. When George Washington resigned as president in 1797, John Adams took over. He was the second president of the United States. He only served for one term in office when Thomas Jefferson took over.

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