John Adams, 1735 - 1826

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Born: 30 October 1735, Braintree, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
Died: 4 July 1826, Quincy, Massachusetts

Educated at Harvard, he briefly taught school before turning to law, and then to politics. Like his second cousin Sam Adams, he was heavily involved in planning the fight for independence. He nominated Washington to be Commander in Chief of the army, seconded the motion to declare independence, and led the committee which crafted the Declaration. With John Jay he negotiated the treaty with Great Britain after the war and was the first US ambassador to the Court of Saint James. In the first presidential election under the new constitution he ran second, which meant he became the vice president, repeated in the second election, and won the third with Thomas Jefferson coming in second. One of the greatest animosities of the era was between Adams and Jefferson, although they worked together at times and resolved their differences before they both died on the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

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