John Adams

John Adams

Who He Was:

Lived from October 30, 1735 to July 4, 1826

Founding Father

Won trial defending the British soldiers from the Boston Massacre

Assisted in authoring the Declaration of Independence

Delegate to the First Continental Congress from Massachusetts Bay from September 5, 1774 – October 26, 1774

Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Massachusetts from May 10, 1775 – June 27, 1778

United States Minister to the Netherlands from April 19, 1782 – March 30, 1788

United States Minister to Court of St. James’s from April 1, 1785 – March 30, 1788

1st Vice President of the United States from April 21, 1789* – March 4, 1797

2nd President of the United States from March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801

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Words of Wisdom:

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” ~ Speech at Braintree, 1772

A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” ― Letter to Abigail Adams, 1775

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” ~ Letter to Jonathan Jackson, 1780

Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”  ~ letter to John Taylor, 1814

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