George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

John Adams

Second President of the United States


John Adams was the first Vice President and the second President of the United States. He was a lawyer and one of our Founding Fathers. Adams spoke out against the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767. Although he opposed unfair British taxation, he represented the British troops in court after the Boston Massacre to ensure they received a fair trial. During the American Revolution he served as a delegate to both the First and Second Continental Congress and later as a diplomat to France. Adams helped draft the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson and negotiate the Treaty of Paris with Benjamin Franklin and John Jay. He quickly became one of the leaders of the American Revolution. After his Presidency, he retired to his home in Quincy with his wife, Abigail.

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

“I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy, Geography, Natural History, Naval Architecture, Navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Music, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelain.”

“There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.”


“Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.” [Describing the White House]

Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, became the sixth President of the United States.


Adams won the election by just 3 votes in 1796!


Adams loved to go hunting as a kid growing up in Massachusetts.


President John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.


On July 4, 1826 he passed away stating “Thomas Jefferson survives,” indicating a hope for the country. Thomas Jefferson had died a few hours earlier at Monticello.