John Adams Timeline

John Adams Timeline. A lifetime of events for the second United States President. Referred to as the "Architect of the American Revolution" Adams was a very important contributing Founding Father who lead the way for American Independence. He served two terms as Vice President under President George Washington before being elected to the Presidency. Adams chose Thomas Jefferson as his Vice President. The first American Secretary of State and the "Father of the Declaration of Independence". Adams and Jefferson oddly both died on Independence Day July 4, 1826.

1735 John Adams was born on October 30
1751 Adams enters Harvard University
1754 The French and Indian War Begins
1758 Adams is admitted to the bar
1761 Writs of Assistance is opposed by James Otis
1764 The Sugar Act
Adams marries Abigail Smith
1765 The Stamp Act
Adams denounces the Stamp Act
1767 Townshend Acts
1770 Boston Massacre
Adams is elected to the General Court and defends Thomas Preston
1773 The Boston Tea Party
1774 Intolerable Acts
First Continental Congress
Adams is a Delegate to the First Continental Congress
1775 Lexington and Concord
Bunker Hill
Second Continental Congress
Adams is a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress
Adams nominates George Washington to be first U.S. President
1776 Declaration of Independence
Adams Signs the Declaration of Independence
1777 Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga
Adams is elected commissioner to France
The Articles of Confederation is adopted
1778 France American Alliance
Adams sails to France
1779 Adams returns to Boston and drafts the Massachusetts Constitution
Adams returns to Europe
1781 The Articles of Confederation is ratified
The British surrender at Yorktown
1783 Adams signs the Treaty of Paris
1784 Adams is names minister to England
1787 Constitutional Convention
1788 United States Constitution is ratified
Adams returns to the United States
1789 George Washington is elected first President of the United States
John Adams is elected Vice President
The Bill of Rights
1792 Adams is re-elected Vice President
1793 George Washington's Neutrality Proclamation
1794 Whisky Rebellion
Jay's Treaty
1796 Adams is elected President of the United States
1798 Undeclared Naval war with France
XYZ affair
Adams creates the U.S. Navy Department
Adams appoints George Washngton to command the Army
Alien and Sedetion Acts
Adams signs the Alien and Sedetion Acts
1799 Fries Uprising
Adams appoints a Second Commission to France
George Washngton dies
1800 Treaty of Morfontaine
Adams loses the Presidential election
Thomas Jefferson is elected President
1801 Thomas Jefferson is Inaugurated
Adams appoints Chief Justice John Marshall
1808 James Madison is elected President
1812 War of 1812
1818 Abigail Adams dies
1825 John Quincy Adams is elected President
1826 Thomas Jefferson dies on July 4th
John Adams dies on July 4th

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"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing."

~John Adams

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