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A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 1, part 2: John Adams   By: (1843-1914)

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This volume of The Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents offers an in-depth look at the presidency of John Adams, providing readers with a comprehensive collection of documents that detail his time in office. James D. Richardson has done a commendable job in compiling these important historical texts, presenting them in a clear and accessible format for modern readers.

One of the standout features of this volume is the inclusion of letters, speeches, and official documents that offer insight into Adams' presidency and the challenges he faced during his time in office. These primary sources provide readers with a firsthand look at the thoughts and decisions of one of the nation's early leaders, shedding light on the political climate of the time.

Richardson's thorough research and attention to detail make this volume a valuable resource for anyone interested in American history or the presidency of John Adams. By presenting these documents in an organized and coherent manner, he has created a compelling narrative that brings the past to life and offers readers a deeper understanding of this crucial period in our nation's history.

Overall, this volume of The Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents is a must-read for history enthusiasts, providing a comprehensive and insightful look at the presidency of John Adams. Richardson's dedication to preserving these important documents ensures that future generations can continue to learn from and appreciate the leadership of our country's early presidents.

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A COMPILATION OF THE MESSAGES AND PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENTS.

BY JAMES D. RICHARDSON

John Adams

March 4, 1797, to March 4, 1801

John Adams

John Adams was born on October 19 (old style), 1735, near Boston, Mass., in the portion of the town of Braintree which has since been incorporated as Quincy. He was fourth in descent from Henry Adams, who fled from persecution in Devonshire, England, and settled in Massachusetts about 1630. Another of his ancestors was John Adams, a founder of the Plymouth Colony in 1620. Entered Harvard College in 1751, and graduated therefrom four years later. Studied the law and taught school at Worcester; was admitted to the bar of Suffolk County in 1758. In 1768 removed to Boston, where he won distinction at the bar. In 1764 married Abigail Smith, whose father was Rev. William Smith and whose grandfather was Colonel Quincy. In 1770 was chosen a representative from Boston in the legislature of Massachusetts. In 1774 was a member of the Continental Congress, and in 1776 was the adviser and great supporter of the Declaration of Independence. The same year was a deputy to treat with Lord Howe for the pacification of the Colonies. He declined the offer of chief justice of Massachusetts. In December, 1777, was appointed a commissioner to France, and returned home in the summer of 1779... Continue reading book >>


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