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John Adams

Second U.S. President
Born Oct 30, 1735

John Adams was the second President of the United States (1797–1801), having earlier served as the first Vice President of the United States. An American Founding Father, he was a statesman, diplomat, and a leader of American independence from Great Britain.… Read More

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By the time of John Adams' birth in 1735, Puritan tenets such as predestination were no longer as widely accepted, and many of their stricter practices had mellowed with time, but Adams "considered them bearers of freedom, a cause that still had a holy urgency." … Read More


1751 15 Years Old Young Adams went to Harvard College at age sixteen in 1751. … Read More
1754 18 Years Old In Novanglus; or, A History of the Dispute with America, From Its Origin, in 1754, to the Present Time Adams attacked some essays by Daniel Leonard that defended Hutchinson's arguments for the absolute authority of Parliament over the colonies. … Read More
1755 19 Years Old After graduating in 1755 with an A.B., he taught school for a few years in Worcester, Massachusetts, allowing himself time to think about his career choice. … Read More


1756 - 1758 2 More Events
1761 25 Years Old His report of the 1761 argument of James Otis in the Massachusetts Superior Court as to the legality of Writs of Assistance is a good example. … Read More
1764 28 Years Old On October 25, 1764, five days before his 29th birthday, Adams married Abigail Smith (1744–1818), his third cousin and the daughter of a Congregational minister, Rev. William Smith, at Weymouth, Massachusetts. … Read More
Adams first rose to prominence as an opponent of the Stamp Act 1765, which was imposed by the British Parliament without consulting the American legislatures. … Read More


1766 - 1770 2 More Events
1772 36 Years Old In 1772, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson announced that he and his judges would no longer need their salaries paid by the Massachusetts legislature, because the Crown would henceforth assume payment drawn from customs revenues. … Read More
1774 38 Years Old Massachusetts sent Adams to the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and from 1775 to 1777.
1775 39 Years Old In June 1775, with a view of promoting union among the colonies, he nominated George Washington of Virginia as commander-in-chief of the army then assembled around Boston. … Read More


1776 40 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 10, 1776, Adams, representative of Massachusetts, seconded the resolution his colleague from Virginia, Richard Henry Lee, which called on the colonies to adopt new (presumably independent) governments. … Read More
1777 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1777, Adams began serving as the head of the Board of War and Ordnance, as well as serving on many other important committees. … Read More
1778 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Adams sailed for France aboard the Continental Navy frigate Boston on February 15, 1778. … Read More
1779 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Between September 1 and October 30, 1779, he drafted the Massachusetts Constitution together with Samuel Adams and James Bowdoin.
1780 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Inspired by the American Philosophical Society, Adams became one of the founders and charter members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1780. … Read More
1782 46 Years Old 1 More Event
With the aid of the Dutch Patriot leader Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol, Adams secured the recognition of the United States as an independent government at The Hague on April 19, 1782. … Read More


1788 52 Years Old Adams' home in England, a house off London's Grosvenor Square, still stands and is commemorated by a plaque. He returned to the United States in 1788 to continue his domestic political life. … Read More
1789 53 Years Old While Washington won the presidential election of 1789 with 69 votes in the electoral college, Adams came in second with 34 votes and became Vice President. … Read More
1792 56 Years Old He presided over the Senate but otherwise played a minor role in the politics of the early 1790s; he was reelected Vice President in 1792. … Read More
1795 59 Years Old His success was due to peace and prosperity; Washington and Hamilton had averted war with Britain with the Jay Treaty of 1795. … Read More


1796 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Adams' credentials as a revolutionary secured for him two terms as George Washington's vice president and also his own election in 1796 as the second president. … Read More
Adams signed the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts, and built up the army and navy in the face of an undeclared naval war (called the "Quasi-War") with France, 1798–1800. … Read More
…  In the presidential election of 1800, Adams and his fellow Federalist candidate, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, went against the Republican duo of Jefferson and Burr. … Read More
1804 - 1809 2 More Events
1812 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1812, Adams reconciled with Jefferson. … Read More
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