a letter from President Adams
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
(October 30, 1735 - July 4, 1826)
• 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:Presidential Places
• 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
Adams National Historic Park
Gravesite: United First Parish Church
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
Presidents Programs from
• 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