of John Adams' Administration
As President, John Adams fought a split in
his own party over his determination to avoid war with
France. He kept the peace, but in the process he lost a
second term as President.
A Chronology of His Life and Career
John Adams 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.
is today best known by the volumes of
letters she wrote to John during the course of their
marriage. In these letters she often made her political
beliefs known and was seldom shy about offering her
opinions as to what issues John and other leaders should
In 1797, President John Adams sent three diplomats to
Paris to negotiate an end to the undeclared naval war
between France and the United States. The French,
however, demanded that America pay a bribe of about
$240,000 to the French Foreign Minister.