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John Adams

1735 - 1826

John Adams

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. Letter to John Taylor


Before becoming President in 1797, John Adams built his reputation as a blunt-speaking man of independent mind. A fervent patriot and brilliant intellectual, Adams served as a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress between 1774 and 1777, as a diplomat in Europe from 1778 to 1788, and as vice president during the Washington administration.

Fast Facts

North Precinct of Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts
Harvard College (graduated 1755)
“Atlas of Independence”
October 25, 1764, to Abigail Smith (1744–1818)
Abigail Amelia (1765–1813), John Quincy (1767–1848), Susanna (1768–1770), Charles (1770–1800), Thomas Boylston (1772–1832)
Quincy, Massachusetts
C. James Taylor

Chicago Style

Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. “John Adams.” Accessed July 16, 2024. https://prod.millercenter.org/president/adams.

C. James Taylor

Mr. Taylor is the former editor-in-chief of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society.