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John Adams Biography and Facts For Kids


John Adams was the second president of theUnited States. Influenced by his radical cousin Samuel Adams, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Treaty of Paris in 1783 which brought an end to the American Revolution. Adams was George Washington’s vice president during Washington’s 2 term presidency from 1789–97. Adams presidency was marked by conflict between the Federalist Party, led by Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic Republican Party. Adams’ moderate stance enabled a negotiated settlement of the XYZ Affair from 1797–98. He reluctantly endorsed the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. Adams was succeeded as president in 1801 by Thomas Jefferson.

John Adams Facts and Fun Trivia

When was John Adams born: October 30, 1735
Where was John Adams born: Braintree, MA
Where did John Adams go to college: Harvard
What was his religion: Unitarian
What was John Adams profession: Lawyer
Who was John Adams married to: Abigail Smith Adams
What number president was John Adams: 2nd
What political party did he belong to: Federalist
Who was John Adams vice president: Thomas Jefferson
When was John Adams President: 1797 – 1801
How many terms did John Adams have as president: 1
When did John Adams Die: July 4, 1826
How old was John Adams when he died: 90
Where is John Adams Buried: Quincy, MA
What Currency is John Adams on: 2007 Dollar, Back of $100 National Bank Notes, Back of $2 Federal Reserve Note

John Adams Quotes

  • “A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.”
  • “A government of laws, and not of men.”
  • “As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.”
  • “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”
  • “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
  • “Fear is the foundation of most governments.”
  • “Genius is sorrow’s child.”
  • “Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination – everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.”
  • “I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
  • “I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.”
  • “I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.”
  • “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”
  • “If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”
  • “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”
  • “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”

Timeline of the Life of John Adams

1735 Born in what is now Quincy, Massachusetts on October 30th
1764 Married Abigail Smith
1770 Son Charles was born
1772 Son Thomas Boylston was born
1774 Chosen as a delegate to the First Continental Congress
1777 Elected as commissioner to France to negotiate a treaty of alliance
1785 Appointed minister to Great Britain
1789 Elected Vice-President of the United States under George Washington
1792 Re-elected Vice-President
1796 Elected President of the United States
1798 Mississippi territory was organized
1798 Department of the Navy was organized
1798 Napoleon led an invasion of Egypt
1798 French troops invaded the Swiss Republic
1799 Napoleon became the dictator of France
1800 The capital was moved to Washington, DC and the White House became home of the President. He was the first president to reside in the White House.
1800 Indiana territory was organized
1801 Ireland became part of the United Kingdom