On Oct. 30, 1735, John Adams was born.
Adams was an important figure during the American Revolution, and twice served as George Washington’s vice president. He only served one term himself, and his election served to begin the political division of the United States into two competing parties. His rival in 1796, Thomas Jefferson, defeated him in 1800, whereupon he retired.
Adams was a man of deep principle, and part of a deeply principled family. He defended British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. His son, John Quincy Adams, defended the Africans who took over the Amistad slave ship. And his wife, Abigail Adams, was an important figure in her own right, acting as his closest advisor and confident.
- Adams is part of the first family to have more than one member as president. The only other time it has happened is with the Bushes. But others have certainly tried: The Kennedys, Clintons, and others have run different family members, and the Bushes even tried for a 3-fer. What do you think of the idea of family dynasties in American politics?
At the time Adams was elected, whoever got second place in the presidential race became vice president. As a result, his chief opponent, Thomas Jefferson, served as his vice president. This is part of the checks and balances system envisioned by the founders, but it was changed in 1804, with the 12thAmendment.
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