John Adams

By. Valerie Robles and Karis Hessert

Family History/ Political Affiliation/ Contribution to colonial development & independence

Family History:

  • Father: John Adams Sr., who was a farmer, a Congregationalist deacon, and a town councilmen.
  • Mother: Susan Boylston Adams, who was related to the Boylston of Brookline, a prominent family in Massachusetts.
  • Siblings: Eldest of three brothers

Political Affiliation:

  • John Adams was the first United States ambassador to Britain, The United States 1st Vice president, and then was elected and served as the 2nd President of the United States

Contribution to colonial development & independence:

John Adams was one of the first to pin-point the high taxes and tariffs as oppression from the British government. He realized that the British government no longer had the best intentions on the colonists. John Adams spoke out and critiqued the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Act of 1767. In 1774, Adams attended the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia as a delegate from Massachusetts. He also attended the Second Continental Congress where he nominated George Washington to serve as the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. Adams later on nominated Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence. In 1783, John Adams, John Jay, and Benjamin Franklin were the ones to negotiate the Treaty of Paris, which ended the hostility between America and Britain.


John Adams was a very honest man. Because if this characteristic, he was elected to be a delegate of the First Continental Congress in 1774, and to the second one in 1776.


In 1770, the Boston Massacre occurred. This event was a fight between the colonist and the British soldiers. In this fight, 5 colonist were killed. This fight occurred because of the tension that was building between the colonist and the British government because of the high taxes. John Adams decided to defend the British troops, which caused John Adams to be seen as the villain by the colonists.