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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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