John Adams
Second President (1797-1801)


John Adams Facts

BIRTH
John Adams was born October 30, 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts

MOTHER
Susanna Boylston

FATHER
John Adams

BROTHERS
Peter boylston and Elihu

MARRIAGE
Abigail Smith on October 25, 1764 in Weymouth, Mass.

CHILDREN
Abigail Amelia, John Quincy, Susanna Charles and Thomas Boylston

HOME
Peacefield Quincy Mass.

EDUCATION
Received a B.A in 1775 and M.A. in 1758 from Harvard

RELIGION
Unitarian

PRE-PRESIDENCY PROFESSION
Farmer, teacher and lawyer

MILITARY SERVICE
None. But was the founder of the Navy

POLITICAL LIFE
Representative to Mass. General Court
Delegate to First and Second Continental Congresses
Member of Provincial Congress of Mass. Constitutional Convention
Commissioner to France
Minister to Netherlands and England
US Vice President
US President, one term

POLITICAL PARTY
Federalist

ELECTION
Adams: 71 Electoral Votes
Jefferson: 68 Electoral Votes

INAUGURATION
March 4, 1797 at the age of 61
John Adams Inaugural Address



John Adams Administration

PRESIDENCY
One Term (March 4, 1787-March 4,1801)

VICE PRESIDENT
Thomas Jefferson

FIRST LADY
Abigail Adams (1797-1801)
Facts about Abigail Adams
Biography of Abigail Adams

AMENDMENTS ENACTED
11th Amendment

SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENTS
Bushrod Washington (1799)
Alfred Moore (1800)
Chief Justice, John Marshal (1801)


John Adams Cabinet

SECRETARY OF STATE
Timothy Pickering 1797-1800)
John Marshall (1800-1801)

SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
Oliver Wolcott Jr. (1797-1800)
Samuel Dexter (1801)

SECRETARY OF WAR
James McHenry (1797-1800)
Samuel Dexter (1800-1801)

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Charles Lee (1797-1801)

SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
Benjamin Stoddert (1798-1801)

POST MASTER GENERAL
Joseph Habersham (1797-1801)


POST PRESIDENCY LIFE
Writer

DEATH
Died July 4, 1826 at the age of 90

BURIED
First Unitarian Church, Quincy Mass.

LANDMARKS
Adams National Historical Site, Quincy, Mass. (birthplace and family home)
United First Parish Church, Quincy, Mass (grave)

John Adams Fun Facts

  • He is one of only three presidents who did  not attend his  successor’s inauguration.
  • John Adams a Harvard graduate and began his career as a lawyer. He defended John Hancock on smuggling charges in 1768.
  • In 1770, He defended the British soldiers accused of killing five colonists in what became known as the Boston Massacre.
  • American representatives John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay signed the Treaty of Paris officially ending the American Revolution, in 1783
  • Adams and Jefferson were the only 2 signers of the Declaration of Independence who later became president!
  • His son John Quincy Adams was the first son of a former president to also hold the high office. Quincy was the 6th U.S. President. This historical event would not repeat until the 41st and 43rd presidents, Father and Son, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.
  • His final words were "Thomas Jefferson still survives". However, he didn't know that Jefferson had died a few hours earlier! July 4, 1826


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~John Adams

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