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John Adams

John Adams was born on October 30, 1725 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony on the family farm. He was the older of two younger brothers, Peter and Elihu. John was named after his father John Adams Sr. His father was said to be the town's tax collector, selectman, constable and lieutenant of the militia. John Adams Sr. was the younger Adams’ role model. John’s parents gave him a lot of freedom. It was said that he doing activities outdoors and cared little for school. It is said that John’s stubbornness started at the age of ten when his parents were afraid that he was wasting his exceptional intellect. His father asked him what he was to do with his life and John said that he wanted to be a farmer. The next day his father took him out to the fields and worked him as hard as he could, hoping to teach him a lesson, but that night Adams sr. asked him if he was satisfied being a farmer and little John replied, “I like it very well sir.” Both of his parents were very surprised with his reply.
When John was a young boy he was taught how to read and write by his father. He was accepted into Harvard in 1751. Adams graduated in 1755 with Bachelor of Arts degree. Right after graduating, Adams decided he would pursue a career practicing law. Yet his first job following graduation he was a schoolmaster in Worcester, Massachusetts. He learned to adjust to becoming the schoolmaster in the town; he socialized at night, and met with old school friends and returned home during the breaks from school. During his career as a schoolmaster he was worried that he was ruining his chances of getting a better career. It was said that Adams often felt as a dictator and his students as generals and politicians. As a teacher John developed the ...


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...hat he kept the old cabinet instead of installing his own people, confirming Adams's own admission he was a poor politician because he "was unpracticed in intrigues for power.” Adams's combative spirit did not always lend itself to presidential decorum, as Adams himself admitted in his old age in one of his journal writings, "[As president] I refused to suffer in silence. I sighed, sobbed, and groaned, and sometimes screeched and screamed. And I must confess to my shame and sorrow that I sometimes swore."
Following his 1800 defeat, Adams withdrew into private life. He was very depressed after he left office. He went back to farming at his farm. Sixteen months before his death his son, John Quincy Adams became the sixth president of the United States.
On July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died at his home.


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