Timeline

Chronological events in the life of John Adams.   1735 October 19: John Adams is born in the city of Braintree, Massachusetts. His parents were John Adams and Susana Boylston. He was the oldest of two brothers, Peter and Elihu. 1741 Started school at Dalme Belche’s house where he studied arithmetic, reading and religion. 1743 […] more

What was the Boston Massacre?

On March 5th, 1770 a fight between British soldiers and colonial residents broke near the Customs House in Boston, five colonial residents were shot and killed by British soldiers. Bostonians called this bloodshed the Boston Massacre. Even though the event happened more than two centuries ago, people still debate whether the responsibility falls within the […] more

Stamp Act and the beginning of political activism

In May 1765 colonial residents learned that England had passed a new law called the This Act marks the beginning of the and American independence. It was also the beginning of a new chapter in John Adams’ life and his involvement in political activism. . Opposition to the Stamp Act created the Stamp Act crisis. […] more

What was the Stamp Act?

The Stamp Act was a law that required all colonial residents to pay a stamp tax on virtually every printed paper including legal documents, bills of sale, contracts, wills, advertising, pamphlets, almanacs, and even playing cards and dice. The tax affected every resident especially lawyers who were increasingly in a position of power.  The act […] more

The young lawyer – 1758 to 1761

On November 6, 1758 John Adams and his friend Samuel Quincy rode into Boston to appear before the court to be sworn in as lawyers. Jeremiah Gridley recommended Adams to the bar of the Suffolk Inferior Court. Adams was ready to practice law in Suffolk County. John enthusiastically returned to Braintree where he opened his […] more

Early Career

Teaching – 1755 During the graduation ceremony John impressed the public with his eloquence and public speaking skills. Impressed by John’s commencement speech, Reverent Thaddeus Mccarty, who directed the Central School of Worcester, hired John on the spot. Upon graduation he moved to Worcester, about 50 miles from Cambridge. He found teaching uninspiring and boring, […] more

Education

At the time it was tradition for the older son to get a college education, in the case of Deacon Adams it was his older brother who got to go to college. Following this convention, Deacon Adams expected great accomplishments of his older son and his future, as determined by his father, was to become […] more

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