John Adams

Stella Olander

John Adams


John Adams was born in a non-wealthy farming family in Massachusetts on October 30th, 1735. While he was growing up he wanted to be a farmer like his father, but his father insisted he receive an education, so he attended Harvard University at age 15. He took law school and by 1770, John Adams was a very successful lawyer.


"Bloody Massacre" engraved by Paul Revere

In 1770, John Adams defended British soldiers in trial who were claimed of killing five innocent colonists in the famous Boston Massacre. Why did he defend the soldiers even though he was against Britain? Adams was a man who put law before his own personal thoughts, even to help redcoats.

John Adams and the Continental Congress

The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies that started meeting in the summer of 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, soon after the American Revolutionary War had begun. The congress was supported by Samuel Adams and John Adams himself who wanted independence from Great Britain.

Declaration of Independence

John Adams was one of the key seven "Founding Founders" along with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Founding Fathers were the signers of the Declaration of Independence or the "Framers of the Constitution". The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th 1776.

Treaty of Paris signed by John Adams and others to end the Revolutionary War

The Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3, 1783, by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin ended the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the United States of America. United States finally earned their independence from Great Britain. The colonists were done with the strict rules of the British and could finally live with freedom.