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John Adams was the 2nd president of the United States of America. His family had been in America for generations when he was born October 30, 1735. His father taught him how to read before he entered school. Then he quickly went to Cleverly\'s Latin school and then studied under Joseph Marsh before becoming a student at Harvard College in 1751 graduating in four years and then studying law. He was then admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1758.
Adams began his career as a lawyer. He successfully defended the British soldiers involved in the Boston massacre in 1770. With only having two of the eight found guilty of manslaughter believing that it was important to ensure that innocents were protected.
From 1770-74, Adams served in the Massachusetts legislature and was then elected a member of the Continental Congress. He nominated Washington to be Commander-in-Chief and was part of the committee that worked to draft the Declaration of Independence. He served as a diplomat to France with Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee in 1778 but he found himself out of place. He returned to the US and served in the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention. He returned to France and with Franklin and John Jay created the Treaty of Paris in 1783 officially ending the American Revolution. From 1785-88 he was the first American minister to Great Britain. As Washington\'s Vice President, Adams was the next logical Federalist candidate. He was opposed by Thomas Jefferson in a fierce campaign. Jo...