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...John Adams (October 30, 1735 –
July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat and political
- Adams was a leading champion of independence in 1776, he was the
second President of the United States (1797–1801).
- Hailing from
New England, Adams, a prominent lawyer and public figure in Boston,
was highly educated and represented Enlightenment values promoting
- A Federalist, he was one of the most influential
Founding Fathers of the United States.
- Adams came to prominence in the early stages of the American
Revolution and as a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental
Congress, he played a leading role in persuading Congress to declare
independence, and assisted Thomas Jefferson in drafting the United
States Declaration of Independence in 1776.
- Adams was a representative
of Congress in Europe, he was a major negotiator of the eventual peace
treaty with Great Britain, and chiefly responsible for obtaining
important loans from Amsterdam bankers.
- A political theorist and historian, Adams largely wrote the
Massachusetts state constitution in 1780, but was in Europe when the
federal Constitution was drafted on similar principles later in the
- One of Adams greatest roles was as a judge of character: in
1775, he nominated George Washington to be commander-in-chief, and 25
years later nominated John Marshall to be Chief Justice of the United