John Adams – Early Life
John Adams, a patriot who was a lawyer, a diplomat and a statesman. He was born on October 30, 1735 CE in Braintree, Massachusetts. He was Harvard educated, yet very insecure, was very humble yet moody. It was told John Adams was always filled with self-doubt at his down times but still was quite ambitious. Many regarded his succession as a president of the United States after George Washington a total misfit. John Adams was married to Abigail Adams who became the first lady.
John Adams – Second President and Successor of George Washington
John Adams became the second President of USA. His tenure lasted from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801. John Adams felt bad about taking the lead after George Washington. Eyes were always upon him and judged him. As mentioned, John Adams felt insecure. John Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and fought the British during the revolution. His management style was problematic, was very pretentious and didn’t accept council. His term in office was faced by crisis like the XYZ affair when the French asked his peace delegation for a bribe, and he faced with extreme anger by the American public and war enthusiasts back in the US. However, Adams kept calm and sent another peace delegation to France and insisted in reaching a peaceful solution.
John Adams – Bad decisions, Loss of Presidency
Dissident voices rose during his presidency, and John Adams was very sensitive to criticism. He signed the Alien & Sedition Act during the war with France which made criticizing or publicly attacking the government and the president a crime. This act was considered one of his worst decisions ever. John Adams is the Father of the American Navy as he built the US navy for war against France.
John Adams – End of Term and Death
In 1801 CE, although being the first president to live in the White house, John Adams lost his bid for a second term to Thomas Jefferson. Adams was not gracious in defeat and felt disgraced and unappreciated. John Adams left Washington DC midst midnight on the day Thomas Jefferson was elected.
He was one of presidents who signed the Declaration of Independence along with Thomas Jefferson. Ironically, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on America’s 50th anniversary on July 4th, 1826. John Adams died six hours after the death of Thomas Jefferson, unaware of the fact that Jefferson has died earlier the same day.