Adams was a 5ft 6in blue eyes and brown hair man. He was
born October 30, 1735 in Braintree (now Quincy) Massachusetts. His father was
john Adams (1691-1761) a farmer and leather craftsman. John’s mother was
Susanna Boylston Adams (1709-1797). John had two younger brothers: Peter
Boylston Adams and Elihu Adams.
John Adams married Abigail Smith when he was 28 and she was
19 years of age. They had known each other since they were kids. Abigail was
john’s third cousin. John and Abigail had four children: Abigail “nabby”
Adams (1765-1813), John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) who became the sixth president
of the USA, Charles Adams (1770-1800), and Thomas Boylston Adams (1772-1832).
John never served in the Armed forces. He was a practicing
lawyer in Boston until 1770 when he was elected to represent Boston to the
general court (lower house). He was latter elected to become the delegate to the
continental congress in 1774. Adams served as a Diplomat Abroad (1778-1788) in
France as part of a commission that included Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee.
He became the first vice-president under Washington and in
1796 was nominated candidate for the presidency. Adams won the presidency
election against Thomas Jefferson by 3 votes (Adams 71, Jefferson 68) and had
his inaugural address in Philadelphia March 4, 1797 taking as vice president to
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