Discuss John Adam's character and skills.
- Discuss John Adams's character and skills, both in terms of his personal and professional interactions. Give examples when these traits were beneficial, as well as when they proved a liability (hindrance or weakness).
John Adams had a great deal of knowledge, education, and self-importance. His education was Harvard law, and he was very active in the cause for American independence, including the first and second Continental Congresses. He served George Washington as vice-president, but felt the position was a waste of his skills and knowledge. As president, he had to deal with the possibility of war with France, and the XYZ affair; he was also the Chief Executive when Congress passed the notorious Alien and Sedition Acts. A breach in the relationship between Adams and the egocentric Thomas Jefferson healed over the years as the men engaged in a copious correspondence debating civil and philosophical issues. Both men died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826.