John Adams was born on October 30th, 1735. He grew up in Massachusetts and was first a lawyer who took the case of the British soldiers that fired ona crowd of people who were harassing them with clubs and other weapons. This event was called “The Boston Massacre.” These British soldiers, after their trial, were found innocent because they acted in self defense. It was John Adams who argued strongly on their behalf.
John Adam’s wife was Abigail, and when the War for Independence started, he was always having to go to Philadelphia because Congress was always meeting and he was a member of Congress.
After Congress declared Independence on July 4th, 1776, John had to go to France with Benjamin Franklin to ask King Louie for help from the French so the Americans could win the war.
Sometime after meeting with King Louie, John heard the news that General Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in Virginia. It was glorious news!
After Cornwallis’ surrender in Yorktown, John was appointed by Congress to reestablish a relationship with King George III. When he came home, after many years in the service of his country abroad, John was elected as Vice President of the United States, just under George Washington, who was elected President.
After George Washington was not longer President, John Adams was elected in his place. When George died at the age of 67, John Adams continued as President. When his years in office were over, he returned to his home in Massachusetts with Abigail and their children, Thomas, Nabby, Charles, and John.
John Adams actually ended up dying on July 4th, 50 years after the birth of our nation’s independence at the age of 91.
John Adams was considered the “Colossus of Independence” because of how strongly he fought and lead the way for America to be a free and independent nation. He served his country way beyond the call of duty and so sacrificially gave of himself, even at the expense of not seeing his family for years.
God bless John Adams and all he did for our nation. I hope we will prove ourselves to be well worth his sacrifice. I leave you with a quote he once said:
“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”