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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

John Adams, born in 1735, was one of the Founding Fathers, a member of the committee who wrote the Declaration of Independence, a Diplomat, a lawyer, a great writer, first minister to Great Britain,  George Washington's Vice President and the 2nd President of the United States. 

John Adams, a tireless patriot who gave his life to the service of the people was the man who recognized the leadership potential of George Washington, nominating him to be Commander of the Continental Army.  He was instrumental in securing funding for the American Revolution and a passionate defender of the Declaration of Independence.  Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration, but it was Adams who stood up in Congress and convinced the other representatives to support it. 

He was also the father of the 6th President of the United States, John Quincy Adams.

John Adams, misunderstood and often overlooked for his countless contributions to the founding of our nation and the securing of its future, like Washington, Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin was a giant among men while he lived.    He died on July 4, 1826, the same day as Thomas Jefferson, 50 years to the day from the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  

dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

John Adams was to the founding of our nation, as the rain is to life. There is no doubt that John Adams played a crucial role in the founding of this nation. Adams was not nearly as graceful as Jefferson, or displayed the modesty of Washington ( or at least the appearence of modesty) but what he did possess was the grit to do the behind the scenes work. The work that rarely comes with recognition, and when it does it is usually the 'stars' that recieve the credit. John Adams never possessed the star quality of Washington or Jefferson, he instead was sort of the 'glue' that held them together. Adams was never as popular as the 'other' founding fathers and his personal writings do reflect an air of personal insecurity. I think Adams believed he played a crucial role in the founding of our nation, however I also think that Adams believed that his contributions would always be overshadowed by Washington and Jefferson. Unless you know your American history, by all accounts Adams foreshadowed his legacy with an uncanny accuracy.  

mapriem eNotes educator| Certified Educator

John Adams was the second president of the United States and considered a very relevant founder of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. His quest to form a separate country from Britain, and his leadership  influenced the representatives of the colonies to vote in favor of rebellion hence the Revolutionary War. His support for George Washington was significant as he was picked to be the first Vice President of the United States. He was vigilant in trying to keep peace during his presidency and not enter in to war with France. He succeeded, yet many of his policies were contradicted by Thomas Jefferson, a close friend who eventually became the third president of the United States. His wife, Abigail was a close advisor and supporter and respected in all circles.  After his retirement he still was involved with maintaining the dignity of the founding fathers' documents and continued to write and express his beliefs until his death which was exactly 50 years after the birth of our nation.

rlendensky | Student

John Adams was America's first vice president and America's second president under the Constitution. John Adams came to political fame during the Continental Congress as a representative from the former colony, future state of Massachusetts. In fact, John Adams played a significant role in convincing the Continental Congress to draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Adams, unfortunately served a less than illustrious presidency in which he signed into law the invasive Alien and Sedition Acts. His political career was culminated by a defeat to former secretary of state Thomas Jefferson, which eventually led to what became known as the Revolution of 1800 (the point at which political power was turned over from the Federalists to the Democratic Republicans).

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