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John Adams

In office March 4, 1797 - March 4, 1801

Born: October 30, 1735, Quincy, Massachusetts
Died: July 4, 1826 (age 90), Quincy, Massachusetts

John Adams was an American politician. He was elected second President of the United States (1797-1801) after serving as America's first Vice President (1789-1797) for two terms. He is regarded as one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States.

Adams came to prominence in the early stages of the American Revolution. As a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress, he played a leading role in persuading Congress to adopt the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776. As a representative of Congress in Europe, he was a major negotiator of the eventual peace treaty with Great Britain, and chiefly responsible for obtaining important loans from Amsterdam.

What do you know about John Adams? Try this quick quiz.

1. What was the original name of Quincy, Massachusetts?

2. What college did John Adams attended and graduated in 1755?

3. He decided to become a lawyer and studied law in the office of James Putnam, a prominent lawyer in Worcester, Massachusetts. Adams was admitted to the bar. What year was he admitted to the bar?

4. Who did he marry in 1764?

5. In 1770, a street confrontation resulted in British soldiers killing five civilians in what became known as the Boston Massacre. The soldiers involved, who were arrested on criminal charges, had trouble finding legal counsel. They asked Adams to defend them. Although he feared it would hurt his reputation, he agreed. Six of the soldiers were acquitted. Two who had fired directly into the crowd were charged with murder but were convicted only of manslaughter. True or False?

6. Massachusetts sent Adams to the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and from 1775 to 1778. In June 1775, with a view of promoting the union of the colonies, he nominated a commander-in-chief of the army then assembled around Boston. Who did Adams nominated as commander-in-chief of the army

7. Who defeated Adams in his second term election bid as President of the United States?

8. Where did John Adams pass away?

9. Where is John Adams buried?


John Adams

  • 1. Baintree
  • 2. Harvard
  • 3. 1758
  • 4. Abigail Smith
  • 5. True
  • 6. George Washington of Virginia
  • 7. Thomas Jefferson
  • 8. The 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died at his home in Quincy.
  • Angels on your pillow9. United First Parish Church (also known as the Church of the Presidents) in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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