John Adams

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    John Adams Before Presidency

    John Adams's life before presidency was the time period in which he developed his political interests, and before long, he became very active in politics.
  • John Adams's Birth

    John Adams is born on October 30th of 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
  • Graduating from Harvard

    John Adams graduates from Harvard College on July 16th, 1755 with a developing interest in law and politics.
  • John Adams Serving in Massachusetts

    John Adams is admitted to serve in the Superior Court of Judicature of Boston, Massachusetts in November of 1761.
  • John Adams Marries Ms. Smith

    John Adams marries Abigail Smith on October 25th, 1764.
  • John Adams's Response, in Literature

    British Parliament passed the Stamp Act in March of 1765 which greatly angered many of the colonists. In April of 1765, Adams publised his essay, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, as his response to the unjust Stamp Act.
  • Adams Chosen as a Delegate

    Adams was chosen as a delegate to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He would later be present in the Second Continental Congress as well, in 1776.
  • John Adams: First Ambassador to Gr. Britain

    John Adams is the first Ambassador to Great Britain in 1780.
  • Founding the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    During the American Revolution, John Adams, John Hancock, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin, and other prominent leaders at that time founded the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the summer of 1780.
  • John Adams for Vice President

    John Adams begins his term as the Vice President of the United States of America on April 30th, 1789.
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    During John Adams's Presidency

    John Adams, though he only served one term as president, contributed much to the United States of America during his presidency.
  • John Adams's Inauguration

    John Adams's inauguration took place when he was 61, on March 4th 1797. Adams was the first President to receive the oath of office from the Chief Justice of the United States.
  • Navy & Army Grows Under Adams's Demand

    John Adams increases the size of the militia to 80,000 men for defensive purposes in case of war against France.
  • Passing the Alien Act

    Congress passes the Alien Act, giving President Adams the power to deport any alien he thought was "dangerous" to the country's safety.
  • Treaties with France Declared Null and Void

    The 1778 Treaty of Alliance and all other treaties created with France are officially declared null and void by John Adams with the approval of Congress.
  • Passing the Sedition Act

    Congress passes the Sedition Act. The bill subjects any American citizen to a fine or imprisonment for interfering with the performance of federal law, or for publishing insulting writings against the President or the government.
  • U.S. Navy Victory against France

    The United States Navy scores its first clear victory against France when the U.S. ship, Constellation, captures the French ship, L'Insurgente, near the island of St. Kitts.
  • Passing Federal Bankruptcy Act

    Congress passes and Adams signs the Federal Bankruptcy Act of 1800, giving merchants and traders protection from debtors.
  • Requesting the Establishment of the Library of Congress

    A resolution is passed and signed by President Adams calling for the establishment of a Library of Congress.
  • John Adams Leaves Office

    The vote for president John Adams's second term in office is unsuccessful, handing the position of president over to Thomas Jefferson on March 4th, 1801.
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    John Adams After Presidency

    Adams's finished term as president didn't mark the end of his patriotic representation and/or spirit. He began to write essays and books more often. He was active in state contitutional conventions and discussion on political matters of his time.
  • John Quincy Adams as President

    Adams's son, John Quincy Adams, is elected as the President of the U.S.A. on March 4th, 1803, making John Adams the first president who has a son to become president of America.
  • The Autobiography of John Adams

    John Adams's autobiography, which he had begun working on in 1802, was finally published. It only told, however, of his life until the early 1780, and unfortunately, the book does not include descriptions of his vice presidency or his presidency.
  • Bringing Back an Old Friendship

    In 1812, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were brought together again as friends, and the two political rivals exchanged letters on every political topic that was there to discuss.
  • The Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1820

    In 1820, he was present as a delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention to revise a document. He spoke against universal suffrage, and in favor of a property tax.
  • John Adams's Death

    John Adams dies due to heart failure and pneumonia at age 91 on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independance. Conincidentally, this was also the date of Thomas Jefferson's death, who had died only a few hours before John Adams.