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Mr. President

John Adams
Second President, 1797–1801

“I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”

Political Pioneer:
When George Washington decided not to run for a third term, Vice President John Adams was his logical successor. The Harvard-educated lawyer had been an influential leader in the Continental Congress, arguing successfully for passage of the Declaration of Independence. Later, Adams helped negotiate the treaty with Britain that ended the Revolutionary War.

Portrait by John Trumbull , 1793 . NPG.75.52 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Federalist
Date of Birth: Sunday, October 30, 1735
Date of Death: Tuesday, July 4, 1826
Vice President: Thomas Jefferson
First Lady: Abigail Smith Adams

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