Born on October 30, 1735, died on July 4, 1826, John Adams was not only Vice President to George Washington and the second President of the United States of America, but he played a pinnacle role in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and creation of the free ol’ U.S. of A. He was one of four chief fathers of the United States Governnment, standing alongside such great men as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. He was the oldest of 3 brothers. He first became part of US politics when he opposed the Stamp Act of 1765. Just so you know, the Stamp Act was one of many unfair taxes laid upon the American Colonies by British Parliament, serving to tax all legal documents; such as, wills, permits, and commercial contracts. John Adams was truly a patriot. His opposition stemmed from the belief that the Stamp Act was depriving all Englishmen guaranteed rights set down by the Magna Carta. So in essence, Britain did not think well enough of the American Colonists to grant them the same priveleges of freedom as those still living on the homeland. You might say Britain brought the revolution upon themselves.
At the Boston Massacre of 1772, John Adams regained order and became one of the first people to influence colonists to fight for their freedom. He kept colonists from losing their head while protesting along with them. It’s believed Adams declared that colonies weren’t being government by British Parliament, but they were being ruled by the King himself.
Alongside such great names as Franklin, Jefferson, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman, Adams would help draw up America’s Declaration of Independence. He would go on to say that the document was merely a formality, that it’s creation was the true act of independence. He would also pen, “Thoughts on Government” which was later used in the creation of many state constitutions.
After the war, Adams took office in 1796 after the two-terms of George Washington, becoming the first President to live in the White House. Many didn’t think he had the stamina to be as great as George Washington, but the overwhelming number of Federalists wanted him over Thomas Jefferson. Although, Adams did take on Jefferson as his Vice President. During his term, there would be many foreign policy disputes and several acts passed by congress; four Alien and Sedition Acts.
Adams would die on the same day as rival and friend Thomas Jefferson – only a few hours later – on July 4, 1826. His last words were of Thomas Jefferson’s well-being. They are two of three Presidents whom have died on Independence Day, alongside Monroe.