2nd U.S. President John Adams
About the second President of the United States John Adams, his birth, death, biography, description, facts and quotes.
2nd President JOHN ADAMS
Born: October 30, 1735, in Braintree (later Quincy), Mass.
Died: July 4, 1826, at his Braintree home. This day was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence for which Adams was largely responsible. By remarkable coincidence, Adams's old friend and colleague, Thomas Jefferson, died on the same day. Adams lived 90 years, 247 days-longer than any other President.
Career: Harvard graduate, schoolteacher, Boston lawyer, revolutionary essayist and pamphleteer, member of Massachusetts legislature, delegate to Continental Congress, envoy to France and Holland, Minister to Great Britain, 1st Vice-President of the U.S.
Personal Life: At 29 he married a brilliant, independent-minded parson's daughter named Abigail Smith. Abigail was one of the best educated women of her time, and she and her intellectual husband enjoyed 54 years of a marriage that can only be described as a "love feast." Their passionate letters to one another helped make up for long absences while John was away on government business. His opponents criticized Adams for listening to his wife's political advice, and derisively dubbed Abigail "Mrs. President."
His Person: Only 5'7" tall, with a round face, puckered lips, and heavy, curved brows. His corpulence earned him the title "His Rotundity."
Election: As Vice-President, Adams was the Federalist party's heir apparent when Washington retired in 1796, but in the Electoral College he won only a narrow 71 to 68 victory over Republican Thomas Jefferson. Four years later, when Adams ran for reelection, Jefferson beat him in another close race.
Term of Office: March 4, 1797-March 4, 1801 (4years).
Little-Known Facts: Adams was the 1st President to occupy the White House, and when he and his family moved in, the building was still unfinished. The walls were so wet that 7 cords of wood had to be burned in order to dry them out. Showing her practical nature, Abigail used the unfinished East Room as a place to dry the family's wash.
Quotes from Adams:
"Here lies John Adams, who took upon himself the responsibility of peace with France in the year 1800."-His suggested epitaph for himself.
"Let the human mind loose. It must be loosed; it will be loose. Superstition and despotism cannot confine it."
"I do not say when I became a politician, for that I never was."
Quotes about Him:
"He is distrustful, obstinate, excessively vain, and takes no counsel from anyone."-Thomas Jefferson.
"He is as disinterested as the being who made him."-Thomas Jefferson
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