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On this day in 1735, 2nd president and founding father John Adams in Braintree, Massachusetts

October 30, 2023

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On this day in 1735, 2nd president and founding father John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. He served not only as president and founding father, but a lawyer, delegate to the Continental Congresses, diplomat, and vice president.

Did you know? Though Adams opposed British taxation on the colonies, he legally represented the British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre. The choice risked his career and made him unpopular, but Adams was convinced that the soldiers deserved a fair trial, volunteering to serve as their defense lawyer. He secured an acquittal for seven of his nine defendants.

Adams was the first president to reside in the White House, which was drafty, unfinished, and, in Adams’s own words, left a mess from “the most Scandalous Drinking and Disorder among the servants that ever I heard of.”

John Adams, Gilbert Stuart, c. 1800-15

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October 30, 2023
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