John Adams

2nd President of the United States of America

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Early Life

John Adams was born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony on October 30, 1735. He went to school in Braintree, and then received a scholarship to Harvard. He graduated Harvard at age twenty and then became a lawyer. He then married at the age of 29 to Abigail Adams.

Forming the U.S. - Death

Adams was appointed to the bar of lawyers in the 1760's, and played a big role as an activist against the British laws and various Acts passed by the British Monarch. In 1774 he was chosen to co-represent Massachusetts at the First Continental Congress. He nominated George Washington to be the Commander and Chief, and he served and governed many committees in Congress. In the Revolutionary war he played the role of diplomat to Holland and France. From 1789 until 1797 he was the first Vice President of the United States. He was the Vice President under George Washington. In 1796 he was elected as President and his Vice President was Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was also part of a different political party than John Adams. At the end of his term, in 1800, John Adams would be the first President to move into the White House. John Adams would be defeated by Thomas Jefferson in the Presidential election of 1800. He then died on July 4, 1826.


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