In office March 4, 1797 - March 4,
Born: October 30,
1735, Quincy, Massachusetts
Died: July 4, 1826 (age 90), Quincy, Massachusetts
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
1. What was the original name of Quincy,
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
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?