John Adams ran in the first presidential election ever held in the United States of America. Receiving the second highest number of votes, he was elected the first ever Vice-President of the United States to President George Washington. In 1796, Adams ran against Thomas Jefferson for the presidency. Adams won the election by a narrow margin, becoming the second president of the United States.
Quick Facts About John Adams:
Birthday: October 30, 1735 in Braintree, MA
Married: Abigail Smith Adams
Children: Abigail Amelia (Nabby), John Quincy, Susanna Adams, Charles Adams, Thomas Boyston, Elizabeth Adams (stillborn)
Political Party: Federalist
Vice President: Thomas Jefferson
Age at Inauguration: 61
Other Government Positions:
- Commissioner to France
- Minister to Great Britain
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Cool Random Facts About John Adams:
John Adams was the first person to propose a military academy in the United States.
West Point was created after the war and he can be thought of as the “Father of the U.S. Military Academy”.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had a rocky relationship.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were friends and then became fierce rivals (even running against one another for president) – until they began to write each other letters and became friends again later in life. They were the only 2 signers of the Declaration of Independence who later became president. They both died on the same day – July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years after they signed the Declaration.
John Adams had a lot of “firsts”.
He was the first of twenty-three (and counting) former lawyers to become president, the first (and counting) of seven Harvard graduates to become president, and was, of course, the first Vice-President. He was also the longest living president in U.S. history (age 90) until Ronald Reagan (age 93).