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Who was John Adams?
John Adams was the 2nd President of the United States of America, the symbolic leader of the country. His presidency began in 1797 and ended in 1801. He was 61 years old when he first began his term of office on March 4, 1797

John Adams's Nickname Meanings
John Adams was the father of John Quincy Adams who became the 6th US President. John Adams. He was named after his father, at the time of his birth there were less than 1000 first names and 35% of all males were called John! He had a variety of nicknames including Atlas of Independence, The Duke of Braintree, Old Sink or Swim, His Rotundity, and Bonny Johnny. The Colossus of Independence was the nickname that referred to his leadership in Congress in 1776. The nickname Old Sink or Swim referred to the words of one of his famous speeches.


Description and Picture of John Adams
The picture of John Adams portrays an interesting image of what this famous man looked like. The picture shows the clothing and the hairstyle that was fashionable during his presidency. He is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall with a stocky appearance, giving rise to the nickname "His Rotundity". John Adams is most frequently pictured wearing a wig which was fashionable in his day. Under the wig was his own fine, brown hair and he had piercing blue eyes and a high forehead. He wore fashionable, expensive clothing. Like George Washington, John Adams also lost his teeth but he refused to wear false teeth which resulted in a lisp when he spoke.

Character and Personality Traits: What was John Adams like?
The personality of John Adams is described as determined, scholarly and ambitious. Friendly and warm with his close friends and family but uncomfortable with strangers who perceived him as being cold, aloof, arrogant and conceited. He had a volatile personality and was prone to experiencing bouts of depression and outbreaks of temper.

"Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge.
Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write". John Adams quote

Facts about President John Adams and his Presidency
The important role and duties of the President of the United States of America include those of Chief of State, Chief Diplomat, Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Legislative Leader and Leader of his own political party. What was John Adams famous for? Why was John Adams important? The history and life of President John Adams during his presidency is conveyed in the following fact file in an easy question and answer format. 

President John Adams Fact File - Political Career and Presidency
What President was John Adams?  
 He was the 2nd President of the United States of America. The dates of his presidency began in 1797 and ended in 1801 (March 4, 1797 to March 3, 1801).
What was his political party?
 He was the leader of the Federalist political party
What other political offices did John Adams hold before his presidency?
 The Continental Congress, 1774-78
 The Commissioner to France, 1778
 The Minister to the Netherlands, 1780
 The Minister to England, 1785
 The Vice President, 1789-97 (under President George Washington)
Who was his Vice President?
 His Vice President was Thomas Jefferson (1797-1801)
What were the main events and the major accomplishments of his presidency?
 The XYZ Affair (1797)
 The Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)
What was his nickname?
 His most famous nickname was 'Atlas of Independence'
Who was John Adams' s first  lady?
 The name of the First Lady was Abigail Adams
President John Adams Fact File - Political Career and Presidency

Interesting Facts about the Private Life of John Adams
John Adams was famous for the events and accomplishments of his presidency, but what are the facts about the man and his private life. Facts and information about the private life of John Adams can be found in the following fact file in an easy question and answer format. 

John Adams Fact File - Facts about his Private Life
When and where was John Adams born?  
 He was born on October 30, 1735, in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he was raised
What was the name of his father?
 The name of his father was John Adams
What was the name of his mother?
 The name of his mother was Susanna Boylston Adams
Where was John Adams educated? What was his religion?
 He graduated from Harvard College (1755)
 Religion: Unitarian
What did John Adams do before he became President of the United States?
 Before he became President he worked as a lawyer
Who was John Adams' wife and when did they marry? Did they have kids?
 The name of his wife was Abigail Smith (1744-1818). They married on October 25, 1764
 The couple raised a family. The names of their children were Abigail Amelia Adams (1765-1813); John Quincy Adams (1767-1848); Susanna Adams (1768-70); Charles Adams (1770-1800); Thomas Boylston Adams (1772-1832)
When did John Adams die?
 He died on July 4, 1826, in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts
John Adams Fact File - Facts about his Private Life

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