Adams, John, 1735-
Second President of the United States; from 1797 to 1801; Federalist; born in Braintree (near Quincy), Mass.. Oct. 30, 1735.
He was graduated at Harvard College in 1755, and immediately afterwards taught school at Worcester, where he began the study of law. His father was in moderate circumstances — a selectman and a farmer.
Beginning the profession of law in Braintree in 1758, he soon acquired a good practice; and, when he was twenty-nine years of age, he married Abigail Smith, an accomplished woman possessed of great common-sense.
His first appearance in the political arena was as author of Instructions of the town of Braintree tBraintree to its Representatives on the subject of the Stamp act, which was adopted by over forty towns.
Associated with Gridley and Otis in supporting a memorial addressed to the governor and council, praying that the courts might proceed without the use of stamps, Adams opened the case by declaring that the Stamp Act was void, as Parliamen
states, and invites delegates from the United States. Congress appropriates $40,000, and appoints Richard C. Anderson, minister to Colombia, and John Sargeant, of Philadelphia, delegates......March 14, 1826
During the debate on the Panama congress in the Senate, John Randolph refers to the coalition of Adams and Clay as that of the Puritan and the blackleg.
A duel followed between Clay and Randolph......April 8, 1826
First session adjourns......May 22, 1826
John Adams, born in Braintree, Mass., Oct. 19, 1735, and Thomas Jefferson, born in Monticello, Va., April 2, 1743, die on the fiftieth anniversary of American independence......July 4, 1826
Abduction of William Morgan from Canandaigua, N. Y.......Sept. 12, 1826
[Gave rise to a political party—the anti-Masonic—that became national in importance, though short-lived.]
Convention with Great Britain concerning indemnities for the War of 1812-14......Nov. 13, 1826
Second session convenes......Dec. 4, 1826