John Adams 1735-1826
John Adams did his
duty as second
president of the United States from 1797 to 1801.
Before that, John Adams was the first
U.S. vice president ever, from 1789-1797. Here is a
picture of him with George Washington.
Washington was ready for retirement
after his two terms and on March 4, 1797, John Adams delivered his
Adams had won elections by a narrow margin
(71 to 68) running against
Jefferson, which made Thomas Jefferson vice president.
In 1797, John Adams had to deal with
XYZ Affair and the resulting
John Adams' Family
John Adams' wife was
Abigail Smith Adams, who lived
Abigail Adams 1744-1818
An argument could be made that the women's equal rights movement
begun with Abigail Adams.
In the new code of laws which I suppose it
will be necessary for you to make I desire
you would remember the ladies, and be more
generous and favorable to them than your
ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power
into the hands of the husbands. Remember all
men would be tyrants if they could.
in a letter to her husband John Adams
March 31, 1776
John Adams' eldest son was
John Quincy Adams.
US Election Map 1796 -
Governments in History Chart.
And when John Adams looked at a map,
it looked like this:
United States 1783-1803
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Lesser Known Facts
As a young 33-year-old lawyer, Adams
won an interesting case against the British crown. See
Rex v. Corbet