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Who was John Adams? John Adams was a Patriot and the second president of the United States. John Adams dedicated his life to the founding of the United States.

John Adams was born October 30th 1735 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He married Abigail Adams and had six children. He died July 4th 1826 in Quincy also. John Adams lived in Philadelphia and he moved to Washington D.C. when he was elected president. He was the first president to live in the White House.

Before he became president John Adams was a lawyer in Boston, he began to have strong feelings about the British rules. He felt that the colonies were being treated poorly and should become an independent country. He was part of the Massachusetts legislature and then was their representative at the Second Continental Congress. While in the Congress he supported independence for America. He helped work on the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson. “During the American Revolution, Adams went to Europe to gain funding for the war and secure alliances with other countries for the new American government. He also worked on the Treaty of Paris, along with Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, which finally put an end to the Revolutionary War.” The Treaty of Paris was a treaty between America and Paris. It extended America’s border.
John Adams had a huge role in the adopting of the Declaration of Independence. He strongly spoke out for separation from Great Britain. John Adams wrote resolutions against Britain charging taxes. He argued that the Colonies should be independent. John Adams took a leading part in opposing British Colonial policies like the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was when King George declared that all papers must have a British stamp and they had to pay extra for it. John Adams said “As happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it.” He argued against the Stamp Act because the people hadn’t agreed to it. He was of one the two people that signed the Declaration of Independence that became president.
John Adams was close friends with Thomas Jefferson. Then when Thomas Jefferson was elected president they became enemies. After Thomas Jefferson was president John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became close friends again. During the Boston Massacre John Adams defended the British. He did this because he said that the Colonists started it and the British soldiers were defending themselves.
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