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John Adams- The American Revolution

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John Adams
Born-10/30/1735 in Braintree, MA.
Died on 7/4/1826 of heart failure.
Married Abigail Adams in October 25, 1764. She was John Adams' third cousin.
Ocupation Before the Revolutionary War
He taught school in Worcester, Massachusetts before becoming an Attorney.
The Stamp Act of 1765
John Adams strongly opposed this tax which affected every resident of the colonies. Lawyers were especially hit hard by this act since it taxed legal documents.

This would be the start of John Adams' political activism career.
Graduated with an AB in 1755 from Harvard University.

Earned an AM from Harvard University in 1758.

Studied Law in the Office of John Putnam.
John Adams- The American Revolution
by: Vicentio Allison
John and Abigail Adams had 6 children. The most famous was John Quincy Adams who would be the sixth president of the United States.
The Boston Massacre
In 1770, John Adams defended the British
soldiers on trial for killing five civilians.

He argued that the facts of the case were more important than the inclinations of the people.

Six of the eight soldiers were acquitted.
First and Second Continental Congress
John Adams was elected to the Massachusetts Assembly and was one of five selected to represent Massachusetts in the First Continental Congress in 1774.

Congress created the Continental Army and in 1775, Adams nominated George Washington as the Commander in Chief.
Role in Revolutionary War
John Adams was not a soldier, but he had a leading role in the success in the war.

He was influential as a member of the Continental Congress.

Declaration of Independence

Advised Thomas Jefferson on the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

Was one of the signees of the Declaration of Independence
John Adams in France and Britain
John Adams spent years in France and Britain during the war as a representative of he American Rebels.

Was able to secure France's support for the war.
Treaty of Paris
In 1783, John Adams played an important role in negotiating the Treaty of Paris and ending the Revolutionary War.

He also established a reasonable trading relationship with Britain and the new found United States of America.
First Vice President

In 1789, he became the first Vice President of the United States of America.

He served two terms as Vice President.
Second President of the United States of America
In 1796, John Adams was elected as the second President of the United States of America.

He served one term in office. He was defeated by Thomas Jefferson for another term.

He was the first president to reside in the White House.
Internet sources:

1. http://johnadamsinfo.com/john-adams-war/78/

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams

3. http://eyewitnesstohistory.com/jefferson.htm
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