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Did You Know?

John Adams is the first president whose son became president.
He was the first president to live in the White House--then referred to as the Executive Mansion.
He died on July 4, 1826, the same day as his friend and political rival Thomas Jefferson.
During his administration, the Alien and Sedition Acts--designed to suppress political opposition--were passed.


Key Events in the Administration

John Adams
(October 30, 1735 - July 4, 1826)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Abigail Adams, Wife
Wife's Maiden Name: Abigail Smith
Number of Children: 5
Education Level: College
School Attended: Harvard University
Religion: Unitarian
Profession: Teacher, Lawyer, Surveyor, Selectman

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1797 - 3/3/1801
Presidency Number: 2
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Defeated
Party: Federalist
His Vice President(s): Thomas Jefferson
Vice President For: George Washington (1789-1797)
Colonial Government: Mass. Legislature (1768-1774), Continental Congress (1774-1777)
Other Offices: Diplomat to France; Diplomat to the Netherlands; Diplomat to Great Britain
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Adams National Historic Park
Gravesite: United First Parish Church

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
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Programming includes:

John Adams Life Portrait: From the Stone Library of the Adams Mansion at the Adams National Historic Site - Quincy, MA
 Guests included: David McCullough, historian and author, John Adams (some of his other books include: The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, Mornings on Horseback, The Path Between the Seas, and Truman); John Stanwich, park ranger, Adams National Historic Park; and Abigail Brown, Adams relative Watch | Order Videotape
Online chat with Celeste Walker, associate editor, Adams' papers, Massachusetts Historical Society Read the Transcript
Adams biographical vignette Watch
Joseph Ellis on John Adams' collection of books Watch
C. Bradley Thompson, author, John Adams & Liberty Watch

  Booknotes with Joseph Ellis, Passionate Sage Watch

Adams' gravesite vignette Watch   

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