Painting of John Adams
|Alma mater:||Harvard University|
|Born||October 30, 1735|
|Died||July 4, 1826 (aged 90)|
Before being a delegate to the First Continental Congress, Adams worked as a trial lawyer in Boston, Massachussetts, where he gained notoriety for successfully defending the British soldiers in the Boston Massacre. He persuaded the jury that "law should be deaf to the clamors of the populace." Many angry conservatives at the time were very ticked at this, because they thought that law wasn't real. He married Abigail Adams, and had three children.
During the American Revolution, Adams served as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, and is given credit by such experts such as HBO for "uniting the States of America." He was George Washington's Vice President for eight years.
Adams's successfully avoided a war with France. This was one of his most notable achievement as President. Many Republicans at that time, including his friend and successor Thomas Jefferson, favored the French, but he stood by principle. He has taken critique, however, for his signing the Alien and Sedition Acts, which was perceived by some people to be in violation of the First Amendment (and the Due Process clause). It is interesting for Adams's conservative critics to fly at Adams for this when our last President was basically violating the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights. (see USA PATRIOT Act )