John Adams was born October 30, 1735 in Braintree Massachusetts to his father John
Adams and mother Susanna Boylston Adams. His father was a deacon, lieutenant in the militia,
and farmer. John looked up to his father, more than anyone. Recounting later in his life
that if he could go back in time he would become a farmer like his father. John was the eldest to
two younger brothers Peter and Elihu. He was also the second cousin to Samuel Adams who will
later convince him to join the revolution, and third cousin to his future wife Abigail Smith.
Growing up on a farm the young John Adams was opened to the world around him.
Having a natural love for the outdoors he occasionally skipped class, though he was intelligent
he hated school. His father wanting him to go to Harvard one day to become a minister, John
decides to work harder for his father. In 1751 John got accepted to Harvard College at age
sixteen. Not wanting to become a minister he graduated in 1755 with an A.B. John became a
school teacher in Worchester Massachusetts to earn money and allow him to study law. To his
father’s dismay that he was not pursuing a career as a minister John became a Unitarian, the
belief that God is one person, with the absence of the trinity as God is three people in one. From
1756 to 1758 he began his studying with lawyer James Putnam, the most respected lawyer in
Worchester at this time. In 1758 he received his A.M. from Harvard and was accepted to the bar.
On October 25, 1764, John Adams married Abigail Smith, in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
She was his best friend and greatest political advisor. They had six children, two, Susanna and
Elizabeth would die within two years of their birth. Their four other children would live til...
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...believes King George III and the British
Parliament is misguided not despotic. Because of the protests by American colonists for the Tea
Act of 1773 the British Parliament enacts more laws for the colonists to accept. Dubbed the
Intolerable Acts of 1774 or Coercive Acts were four acts. The Boston Port Act of 1774 closed
Boston’s ports to all commerce with the other colonies and countries. The ports would be re-
opened when the colonists paid back for the tea that was lost. The Massachusetts Bay Regulating
Act expelled the colonists elected governing council for one appointed by the King. This gave
great power to crown-appointed governor who banned all assemblies unless he gave consent to
them. The Administration of Justice Act granted the governor the ability to relocate trails of
royal officials who were indicted of murder as a result of suppressing riots.
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