- Second President (1797-1801)
- Birthday: October 30, 1735 (Sunday)
- Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- Date of Death: July 4, 1826 (Tuesday)
- Place of Death: Quincy, Massachusetts
- Place of Burial: United Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts
- Cause of Death: Heart Failure
- Age: 90 years old
- Length of Retirement: 9253 days
- Religion: Unitarianism
- Party: Federalist
John Adams Offices Held
- Vice President (1789-1797)
- US Minister to the Court of St. James (1785-1788)
- US Minister to Netherlands (1782-1788)
- Delegate to Second Continental Congress from Massachusetts Bay (1775-1778)
- Delegate to First Continental Congress from Massachusetts Bay (1774)
John Adams Nicknames
- His Rotundity
- Atlas of Independence
- The Duke of Braintree
- The Colossus of Independence
- Old Sink of Swim
John Adams Pets
- Dogs (Juno, Satan, Mark)
- Horses (Cleopatra, his favorite)
John Adams Personal Traits
- Height: 5 feet – 7 inches
John Adams Quotes
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Duty is ours; results are God's.
The Ten Commandments and The Sermon on the Mount contain my religion.
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
America is destined to be peopled by one nation, speaking one language, professing one general system of religious and political principles, and accustomed to one general tenor of social usages and customs.
There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.
Always vote for principles, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
Where annual elections end, there slavery begins.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
John Adams Timeline – Family
- February 8, 1691 John Adams, Sr. (Father) born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- March 27, 1698 Lt. John Hall (Mother’s Second Husband) born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
- March 5, 1708 Susanna Boylston Adams Hall (Mother) born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
- October 1734 John Adams, Sr. (Father) marries Susanna Boylston (Mother).
- October 30, 1735 John Adams born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- October 16, 1738 Peter Boylston Adams (Brother) born.
- May 29, 1741 Elihu Adams (Sister) born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- November 22, 1744 Abigail Smith Adams (Wife) born in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
- May 25, 1761 John Adams, Sr. (Father) dies in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- October 25, 1764 John Adams marries Abigail Smith (Wife) at her parent’s home in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
- July 14, 1765 Abigail “Nabby” Adams Smith (Daughter) born in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- 1766 Susanna Boylston Adams (Mother) marries Lt. John Hall (Mother’s Second Husband).
- July 11, 1767 John Quincy Adams (Son) born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- December 28, 1768 Grace Susanna “Suky” Adams (Daughter) born in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
- February 4, 1770 Grace Susanna “Suky” Adams (Daughter) dies in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
- May 29, 1770 Charles Adams (Son) born in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- September 15, 1772 Thomas Boylston Adams (Son) born in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- August 10, 1775 Elihu Adams (Sister) dies in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- 1777 Elizabeth Adams (Daughter) is still born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- September 27, 1789 Lt. John Hall (Mother’s Second Husband) dies in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- April 17, 1797 Susanna Boylston Adams Hall (Mother) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- November 30, 1800 Charles Adams (Son) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- August 15, 1813 Abigail “Nabby” Adams Smith (Daughter) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- October 28, 1818 Abigail Smith Adams (Wife) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- June 2, 1823 Peter Boylston Adams (Brother) dies.
- July 4, 1826 John Adams dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- March 13, 1832 Thomas Boylston Adams (Son) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- February 23, 1848 John Quincy Adams (Son) dies in Washington DC.
John Adams Links
John Adams Blogs
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8 KJVRead More
He suggested that this young Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, be on that committee of five. But who else should be on that committee? It would probably be impossible for the Bible to mention all the characters that made a story happen. We basically know nothing about Alon, except for the fact he will play a very minor role in our story. It was my first summer as a plumber’s helper.
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, JQ Adams, Jackson, Van Buren, WH Harrison, and John Tyler. Those are the first ten Presidents. A list of how I think I am like them.Read More
- “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:26 KJV
I ponder the route I must travel, one which I have never traveled before. Although the sunlight glared where he stood, inside the cave was very dark and spooky. He would write to tell his friend of the wonderful time he had with his grandson.Read More
- “And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.” Numbers 1:52 KJV
I understand that people are proud where they come from, but our very existence is being challenged by divided loyalties. Who’s to blame?Read More
- “And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?” Luke 7:42 KJV
One of the most exciting parts of young person’s life is that first new car. The biggest of those issues was I didn’t have any money and I would have to get a loan. Maybe there are times when others need us to believe in them, too.Read More
- “Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.” John 21:3 KJV
Here in our country we are very fortunate to have so many institutes of higher learning. We have colleges, universities, trade schools, apprenticeship programs, and a host of other available programs to help us better ourselves and our careers. Sometimes I believe we take this education for granted, like it is something we are owed. Education is a gift and those who recognized that often are better at taking advantage of it.Read More
- “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Romans 10:3 KJV
No matter how many times I hear it, I never get tired of hearing it. Don’t make me pull out my official How to Count Words manual.Read More