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John Adams was born in 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts. He became known as the Duke of Braintree because of where he was born. He graduated from Harvard. He taught school for a year but didn't like it. He studied law and became a lawyer. John Adams thought everyone should have a fair trial. He even defended the British soldiers. He was the lawyer who defended the British soldiers who were accused of murdering Crispus Attucks in the Boston Massacre.


1. Adams residence, Braintree

2. Boston Common (British troops occupy boston)
3. State House (The Boston Massacre and trail)
4. Boston Harbor (Boston Tea Party)5. Lexington Green (first bullets of the Revolution)6. Bunker Hill, Charlestown( Battle of Bunker Hill)

Colonial Boston was known as "that noisy, dirty town" by John Adams

In 1775, the Battle of Lexington and Concord made people angry, so some important colonists had a meeting in Philadelphia to discuss it. The meeting was called the First Continental Congress. John Adams also was apart of the Second Continental Congress. John Adams also made speeches for independence from England. The Congress voted for independence from Great Britain. John Adams thought they would need help from the South so the Congress chose George Washington from the Southern state of Virginia to be the General of the Continental Army. John Adams was one of the five people who was asked to write the declaration of Independence, but Thomas Jefferson really wrote most of it. John Adams was one of the 56 men who signed it.

John Adams Timeline

1781- The British surrendered at Yorktown.

1783- John Adams helped write the peace treaty with England, also known as the Treaty Of Paris, after the Revolutionary War.

1783- The Treaty of Paris was signed on Sept. 3.

Quote:"The balance of power in a society accompanies the balance of property in land."-John Adams


This Is the letter that he wrote his wife about the British military’s approach to Philadelphia, where the Continental Congress was meeting.