- Born in Brain, Massachusetts on July 11, 1767
- Adams watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn's Hill, above his family farm.
- After graduating, from Harvard College, he became a lawyer.
- At the age of 26 he was appointed Minister to the Nether Lands, the promoted to the Berlin Legation.
- Adams married Louisa Johnson Adams on July 26, 1797.
- The Adams later had four children: Charles Francis Adams, John Adams II, George Washington Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams.
- Adams was proposed a progressive national program, including federal funding of an interstate system of roads, canals and the creation of national universities.
- The Erie Canal was completed while Adams was in office, linking the Great Lakes to the East Coast and enabling flow products.
- Adams sought to provide Native Americans with territory in the West, but failed in support congress.