October 30 (October 19, Old Style), 1735, in Braintree (now
Died: July 4, 1826,
in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts
United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts
Adams worked as a teacher and lawyer before dedicating himself
to a life of patriotism and politics. He was America's second
president. Adams was well known for his extreme political
independence, brilliant mind and passionate patriotism. He was a
leader in the Continental Congress and an important diplomatic
figure, before becoming America's first vice president. Adams
then served one term as president but lost the election of 1800
to Thomas Jefferson, his longtime friend and political rival.
Also dear to John Adams was his wife and partner of 54
years, Abigail Adams. She was a gifted intellectual who
corresponded with her husband during his long absences from
home, chronicling many important events of America's founding.
John and Abigail Adams were the parents of another U.S.
president, John Quincy Adams. Do you know how many other fathers
and their sons have both been president?
On Tuesday, July
4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the
Declaration of Independence, at approximately 6:20 PM, Adams
died at his home in Quincy.