Presidents of the United States

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John Adams (1735-1826)


(what he did to make him famous and  successful)

bulletJohn Adams was the second president of the United States 1797-1801
bullet Delegate to First and Second Continental Congress
bullet Leader in fight for American Independence
bulletDiplomatic roles in France, Holland and England during the American War for Independence
bullet Vice President under George Washington

Occupation: Lawyer

Biographical Information

bulletBorn: October 30 1735 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
bulletWife: Abigail Smith  Adams
bulletChildren: (4 - 5?) Abigail, John Quincy, Charles, Thomas
bulletDied: July 4, 1826 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
bulletReligion: Unitarian

Where he Lived:

He practiced law in Braintree (Quincy) Massachusetts.



Childhood and Education

Childhood: Born in Quincy, Massachusetts.  His father was a farmer .  He wanted John to be a minister, but John became a lawyer.



Harvard College in Boston Massachusetts

Personality Traits

bulletThoughtful -- A good thinker
bulletA good writer
bulletLearned -- He knew a lot
bulletCapable - He could get things done
bulletVigorous -- He was active & engaged in life
bulletVain  -- He knew he was smart and was proud of it
bulletBlunt -- He spoke his mind clearly and often sharply
bulletIntegrity -- He could be trusted to be honest

His Friends

bulletThomas Jefferson - Wrote letters to Jefferson in their later years
bulletThe Federalist Party - Adams and Alexander Hamilton supported a strong central government.
bulletAbigail Adams - His wife was a close companion

Problems Faced

bulletStarting a new country
bulletRevolutionary War
bulletBeing Vice President
bulletWar between France and England
bulletOpposed Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican Party) who believed that the states should have some power.

Interesting Facts

bulletFirst President whose son became President
bulletFirst President to live in the White House
bulletFirst Vice-President
bulletHis Vice-President was Thomas Jefferson




Resources for Information on this Page

"John Adams." The WhiteHouse Website. Last   Updated 7:31 p.m. (EST). 23 Feb. 2004

"John Adams." Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia. 2004.  Encyclopędia Britannica Online School Edition.
23 Feb. 2004 <>.

"John Adams." American Presidents: Life Portraits.  2004. C-Span: National Cable Satellite Company. 23 Feb. 2004 <


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