John Adams

  • Birth

    He was born in Braintree Massachusetts on October 30th 1735
  • Education

    John attended a dame school, a local school taught by a female teacher that was designed to teach the rudimentary skills of reading and writing, followed by a Latin school, a preparatory school for those who planned to attend college. He eventually excelled at his studies and entered Harvard College at age fifteen during the years 1751-1755, and he got in with a scholarship
  • Father's Death

    Father's Death
    On May 25th John Adams father did during the influenza epidemic. He received an inheritance including property adjoining and the family home
  • fun facts

    fun facts
    Adams wrote thousands of love letters to his wife during their marriage, some of which are still displayed in museums today. The second president was the first president to live in the White House. Adams was 90 when he died—the longest living president until Ronald Reagan, 178 years later.
  • Marriage

    He got Married to Abigail Adams on October 25, 1764, and Abigail Smith first met John Adams when she was 15 years old. Abigail Smith married John Adams, a young lawyer starting an eventful 54-year partnership
  • Adams first child

    Adams first child
    John and Abigail's first child, Abigail Amelia ("Nabby"), is born
  • The birth of John Quincy Adams

    The birth of John Quincy Adams
    John Quincy Adams was born July 11, 1767, and he is John Adams most important son because he later on became a president himself. 2 fun facts are that he was quiet, liked to read, and may have suffered from depression. also he became a lawyer without going to law school
  • Father of American Independence

    Father of American Independence
    He helped his new country avoid war with France during his single term in office and he's remembered today as the “Father of American Independence.” Adams was also one of the few Founding Fathers who did not own enslaved people
  • Signing of the declaration of Independence

    Signing of the declaration of Independence
    Adams was a very active member of congress, he was engaged by as many as ninety committees and chaired twenty-five during the second Continental Congress. In May of 1776, he offered a resolution that amounted to a declaration of independence from Great Britain
  • Military Experience

    Military Experience
    During the Revolutionary War he served in France and Holland in diplomatic roles Between the years 1778 and 1788. His independent, unbending temperament was not ideal for diplomacy, and his diplomatic triumphs were offset by feelings of alienation.
  • Him and his wife's 5-year separation

    Him and his wife's 5-year separation
    Returning from his first appointment in April 1778, John Adams was sent France in November 1779, beginning a five-year separation as Abigail Adams and the children (except John Quincy, who travelled with his father) remained in Massachusetts. They were finally reunited in France in 1784.
  • Military Experience

    Military Experience
    he helped negotiate the treaty of peace through the years 1780-1782
  • helped America keep away from France

    helped America keep away from France
    During his presidency, Adams' main accomplishment was keeping the United States out of war with France. France and Great Britain were at war and both wanted help from the US. The American public was divided. Some wanted to support France because France helped the US during the American Revolution.
  • John Adams moves

    John Adams moves
    The agreement had been signed on February 6, 1778, before Adams had left for France. His mission, to negotiate an alliance with the French was accomplished before he even set foot on continental Europe. Travelling overland, Adams arrived at Paris on April 8
  • Jobs or Careers

    Jobs or Careers
    He was twice elected vice president, serving from 1789 to 1797 in a prestigious role with little power
  • Being Vice President

    Being Vice President
    He was twice elected vice president, serving from 1789 to 1797 in a prestigious role with little power.
  • Mississippi Territory.

    Mississippi Territory.
    On This Day April 7, 1798, Congress created the Mississippi Territory. The territory's original boundaries consisted of the region bounded by the Mississippi and Chattahoochee rivers in the west and east, the 31st parallel in the south, and the point where the Yazoo River emptied into the Mississippi River in the north.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts
    On June 18, 1798, Congress approved the first of four acts that collectively became known as the Alien and Sedition Acts. These four acts became the most bitterly contested domestic issue during the presidency of John Adams.
  • Date elected to office

    Date elected to office
    The presidency of John Adams, began on March 4, 1797, when John Adams was inaugurated as the second president of the United States, and ended on March 4, 1801. As a member of the Federalist Party, Adams decided to run for the presidency. He lost and became Vice-president to George Washington during both terms (1789-1792) (1793-1796). In 1796, he decided to run yet again for the presidency. He won the election and was president at the age of 61, and his vice president was Thomas Jefferson
  • Date he left office

    Date he left office
    The presidency of John Adams, began on March 4, 1797, when John Adams was inaugurated as the second president of the United States, and ended on March 4, 1801. Adams, who had served as vice president under George Washington, took office as president after winning the 1796 presidential election.
  • XYZ Affair

    XYZ Affair
    The XYZ Affair was a diplomatic incident between French and United States diplomats that resulted in a limited, undeclared war known as the Quasi-War. U.S. and French negotiators restored peace with the Convention of 1800, also known as the Treaty of Mortefontaine.
  • Programs or laws developed

    Programs or laws developed
    A series of laws known collectively as the Alien and Sedition Acts were passed by the Federalist Congress in 1798 and signed into law by President Adams. These laws included new powers to deport foreigners as well as making it harder for new immigrants to vote.
  • the eleventh amendment

    the eleventh amendment
    The Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is declared in full force by President Adams. It stipulates that federal courts shall not have the jurisdiction over litigation between individuals from one state against individuals from another state.
  • XYZ Affair exposed

    XYZ Affair exposed
    President Adams exposes the XYZ affair, providing Congress with letters from the peace commission indicating French efforts to bribe and intimidate U.S. officials seeking to speak with French diplomat, Charles Maurice Talleyrand. The reaction was one of outrage and intimidation.
  • john Adams decision to support the acts

    john Adams decision to support the acts
    Ellis voices the opinion of most modern historians when he calls Adams' decision to support the acts "unquestionably the biggest blunder in his presidency." During a two-week period starting on June 18, 1798, the majority Federalist Congress passed four acts collectively known as the Alien and Sedition Acts
  • Retirement

    Adams retired to his farm in Quincy. Here he penned his elaborate letters to Thomas Jefferson. Here on July 4, 1826, he whispered his last words: “Thomas Jefferson survives.” But Jefferson had died at Monticello a few hours earlier.
  • Wife's death

    Wife's death
    In October 1818 Abigail contracted typhoid fever. Surrounded by family members she died on October 28. John Adams and his wife had shared fifty-four years of happiness and companionship, and the second president was moved by Abigail's death to write, "I wish I could lay down beside her and die too
  • his son john Quincy Adams becomes president

    his son john Quincy Adams becomes president
    On February 9, 1825, John Quincy Adams was elected as president without getting the majority of the electoral vote or the popular vote, being the only president to do so
  • John Adams death

    John Adams death
    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same da, July 4, 1826. Both were old men Adams was 90, and Jefferson was 83, and both were ill though Adams had been in comparatively robust health until just a few months earlier and Jefferson had been ill for an extended period. He died in Quincy Massachusetts.
  • John Adams Funeral

    John Adams Funeral
    He was buried 1306 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts. Both John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their spouses are entombed in a basement crypt of the United First Parish Church shown in the five photographs above. The three photographs below are taken inside the crypt.