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John Adams

By Brittany Antonacci February 24, 2020 0 comments

Born on October 30, 1735 in Braintree Massachusetts on his family farm—John Adams was certainly a man of the land. Adams was constantly pressured to live up to his Puritan surroundings and always found himself going above and beyond to succeed. Being the eldest child, Adams was compelled to have a formal education and began his studies at the age of six at a dame school (private elementary school) and was primarily taught by teachers at home. Adams continued his young adult education through private administrations—focusing on Latin, rhetoric, logic, and arithmetic.  When Adams finished his preliminary studies, he attended Harvard College at the young age of sixteen. When at Harvard, Adams spent most of his time studying classical works and after that he decided to study law and earn his graduate degree from Harvard as well. Within in this time frame, he rose as a prominent opponent of The Stamp Act of 1765—which required colonists to pay a direct tax for stamped documents. Once the Stamp Act became null & void the Townshend Acts (which once again levied taxes) created more tension between the British and the colonies. This led to the Boston Massacre, a riot where over 5 innocent people were brutally killed. Adams and other colonist took matters even further and decided to rebel against the tea tax by performing what is famously known as The Boston Tea Party (basically an act of rebellion by dumping crates of tea owned by the British East India Company into the Boston Harbor). Following this, Adams felt as if entering politics would be the most productive way to succeed for him and his fellow colonists.  

Adams first ventured into politics by being part of the first continental congress and was one of the main antagonists of the Intolerable Acts (an act to centralize authority in Great Britain and prevent rebellion in other colonies)—this is where Adams began to push the idea of total independence from Great Britain. With this obviously came war and Adams was more than ready to participate in diplomatic services. Prior to the signing of the official Declaration of Independence, he served on the French congress, and made independence his main virtue. Once the declaration had been signed, Adams became the ambassador to the Dutch Republic. During this time The Treaty of Paris was signed, and war in the meantime, had ended. Later, Adams became vice president to the first U.S. president, George Washington. Adams shared a lot of the same ideals as Washington and was a crucial part in the initial formation of our nation. After Washington finished up serving his terms as president, the first presidential election took place, and Adams won by a narrow margin.

John Adams was inaugurated on March 4, 1797—and continued Washington’s work in exemplifying republican values and civic virtue. By doing this, John Adams was able to bring a peaceful end to the Quasi War by signing The Convention of 1800. Adams was not only responsible for ending war but was proficient in avoiding war as well. Even when federalist divisions were at an all-time high—Adams managed to avoid a full-fledged war within the country and keep the nation united. Adams was also able to appoint various federal judges to keep the republican majority in office and more importantly the nation together.

After serving two terms, Adams retired from politics and started working on his autobiography—He spoke on a few issues within various newspapers but remained quiet on most issues. Adams ended up passing away in 1826 from heart at the age of 90. But, if it was not Adams our nation would certainly not be where it is today—Strong, Powerful, and United!!!

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