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John Adams

John Adams was an important figure in the formative years of the United States, but he seldom achieved popularity during his long political career. His bluntness, impatience, and vanity made him more enemies than friends. On the great decisions of his public career, history has proved him right and his opponents wrong. But his clumsiness in human relations often caused him to be misunderstood.

Chronology of His Life and Career

John Adams Birthplace October 30, 1735 Born in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts.
  1755 Graduated from Harvard College.
  1758 Opened a law practice in Braintree.
Abigail Smith Adams October 25, 1764 Married Abigail Smith.
Stamp Act 1765 Wrote resolutions against the Stamp Act that were adopted by the Braintree town meeting.
Boston Massacre 1770 Defended the British soldiers charged with manslaughter following the Boston Massacre.
  1771 Elected to the colonial legislature.
  1774 Chosen a delegate to the First Continental Congress.
  1775 Chosen a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
  1776 Signed the Declaration of Independence.
  1777 Elected commissioner to France to negotiate a treaty of alliance.
  1779 Elected to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention.
  1780-1782 Obtained recognition of American independence from The Netherlands.
  1782-1783 Served on the commission that negotiated peace with Great Britain.
  1785 Appointed Minister to Great Britain.
  1789 Elected Vice-President of the United States.
  1792 Re-elected Vice-President.
President John Adams 1796 Elected President of the United States.
Peacefield 1801 Retired to Peacefield, his home in Quincy, Massachusetts.
tomb of John Adams July 4, 1826 Died in Quincy.

Notes and Trivia

John Adams was the first man to see his son, John Quincy Adams, become President.


Adams National Historical Park
Miller Center of American Affairs

See Also

Abigail Smith
Stamp Act
Boston Massacre
The Netherlands
John Quincy Adams

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