Biography of U.S. President John Adams - Vital Statistics

About the United States President John Adams, history and vital statistics including birth and death date and place.


2nd President



Born: Oct. 30, 1735, at the family farm in Braintree (now Quincy), Mass.

Died: July 4, 1826, at his Braintree home at the age of 90 years, 247 days. It is ironic that this lifelong hypochondriac, who suffered so many premonitions of an early death, should live longer than any other president. While still a young man of 35 he complained that his health was "feeble"; at 37 he described himself as "an infirm man"; and 50 years later he was still complaining, though alert and alive. The year before his death he took great pride in the inauguration of his son, John Quincy Adams, as the sixth president of the U.S., and he also lived to see the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, which he had helped to draft. On the afternoon of the 4th of July he told his daughter-in-law, "It is a great day; it is a good day," and then sat down in his favorite chair in the upstairs study, not far from the noise of a nearby celebration. About 1:00 in the afternoon, his thoughts turned to an old friend and associate from revolutionary days. "Thomas Jefferson survives," he said. Adams had no way of knowing that Jefferson had died a few hours before in faraway Virginia. At 6:00 P.M. Adams's heart stopped beating.

The house in which Adams died is part of the Adams National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service. Located at 135 Adams Street, Quincy, Mass., it is open to the public.

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