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John Adams
(1735 - 1826)

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1735 Born 30 October in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
1751 Attends Harvard College
1755 Graduates Harvard College in July, begins teaching grammar school in Mass.
1756 Begins to study law
1758 Admitted to Suffolk County Bar
1761 Father dies, mother remarries in 1766
1762 Admitted as a barrister before the Superior Court of Judicature
1764 Marries Abigail Smith
1765 Daughter Abigail born; "Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law" published; prepares Braintree Instructions denouncing the Stamp Act
1767 Son John Quincy Adams born
1768 Daughter Susanna Adams born
1770 Serves as clerk of Suffolk County Bar Association; son Charles Adams born; elected Boston representative to the General Court
1772 Son Thomas Boylston Adams born
1774 Massachusetts delegate to the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia
1775 Daughter Louisa born; "Novanglus" essays published; attends the second Continental Congress; elected to the Massachusetts Council
1776 Attends the Continental Congress; writes Thoughts on Government; appointed president of the Board of War and serves on the committee to draft a declaration of independence, also drafts the "Plan of Treaties"
1777 Attends the Continental Congress; elected by Congress a joint commissioner, with Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee, to France
1778 John and John Quincy Adams live in France; audience with Louis XVI
1779 Returns to Boston; drafts the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780; appointed to negotiate treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain
1780 Back in France; then Amsterdam - negotiating treaties
1781 A Translation of the Memorial to the Sovereigns of Europe . . . into Common Sense and Intelligible English. published; Congress revokes John Adams' commissions to negotiate Anglo-American peace and commercial treaties
1782 "Letters from a Distinguished American" published
1783 Signs peace treaty between the United States and Great Britain; travels in England
1785 Named the first United States minister to Great Britain, is presented to George III
1786 Completes A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States
1788 Returns to Mass.
1789 Elected Vice President; serial "Discourses on Davila" begins
1791 Elected president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences
1793 Re-elected Vice President
1796 Defeats Jefferson for presidency
1800 Defeated for re-election, retires to Quincy
1807 Finishes Autobiography
1818 Wife Abigail dies of typhoid fever
1826 Dies 4 July
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