John Adams alyssa Harrell

Early Life/ Childhood

He was born October 30th, 1735- July 4, 1826. He was born in Province of Massachusetts Bay, Brain tree Massachusetts (now known as Quincy). Family life- his father was a congregationalist deacon and town councilman, his mother, Susanna, was a descendant of the Bostons of Brooklyn, a prominent family in colonial Massachusetts At age 16 John earned a scholarship to Harvard. He had two brothers, Elihu Adams and Peter Adams.


John Adams went to a lot of schools in his life. When he graduated he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. At age 16 he got a scholarship to Harvard University. When he turned 20 and graduate he studied law in the office of James Putnam. He earned a master’s degree from Harvard and was admitted to the bar. After he got out of college he became a schoolmaster. He wanted to pursue law instead of being a schoolmaster and he did.


He was a school master. In the summer of 1755, John Adams, when not quite twenty years of age, became the teacher of the grammar school in Worcester, Mass., then a town of 1,500 inhabitants. According to an ordinance of the General Court, in 1647, that a town of fifty householders should have a school, Worcester, four years after its incorporation in 1722, had hired its first schoolmaster. Rev. Thaddeus McCarty, the clergyman of the town, being empowered by the selectmen to provide a schoolmaster, went to Harvard College to obtain one. At the Commencement exercises of the class of that year, 1755, he was especially impressed with one of the graduates, John Adams. The good scholarship, bold thought, strong language, and evident sincerity of the young man seemed to him good recommendation for the teaching career.


He was in the federalist party. And the Federalist Party was the first American political party. It existed from the early 1790s to 1816; its remnants lasted into the 1820s. He was more of a political philosopher than a politician. He had served as a vice president for two terms and decided to run for President. Most of his administration was focused on the French when the ruling group, had refused to receive the American envoy and had suspended commercial relations. Most of his presidency he just focused on wars. He was the 2nd president and served a four year term.


Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts. He was part of making the Declaration of Independence. He fought for American Independence as a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress. John Adams had a positive impact on history because he was a moral leader, the rule of law, he was compassionate, and a caution but active foreign policy that aimed both on securing the national interest and achieving an honorable peace.

Fun Facts

Adams defended british soldiers after the boston massacre

He was a great pen pal

He was the principal author of the oldest written constitution still in use in the world.

He was the first president to live in the white house

He died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson

There is no monument to him in Washington DC

He was 61 when he took oath

He was one of two presidents to live past 90

He was 5’7


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