Monday, June 9, 2014

The American Presidents: John Adams

The following is from a work-in-progress called "The American Presidents: a Coloring Book."

John Adams (1735 – 1826) was the second president of the United States (1797–1801), having earlier served as the first vice president.  He came to prominence in the early stages of the American Revolution, as a lawyer and public figure in Boston, and as a delegate from Massachusetts to the first Continental Congress.  He played a leading role in persuading Congress to declare independence from Great Britain, and assisted Thomas Jefferson in drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Later, as a diplomat in Europe, he helped negotiate the eventual peace treaty with Great Britain Well educated, he was an Enlightenment political theorist who wrote prolifically about his ideas, both in published works and in letters to his wife and key adviser Abigail Adams. Adams was the first U.S. president to reside in the executive mansion that eventually became known as the White House. He was the father of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States.  Adams was a lifelong opponent of slavery, having never bought a slave.  His religion was Unitarian.  His political party was Federalist.

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