John Adams

John Adams

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  • It all started in 1735 when John Adams was born to John Adams Sr. and Susanna Boylston Adams in Massachusets.
  • At 16 Adams got a scholarship and went and graduated from Harvard. In 1755 at the age of 20 Adams went to Harvard and studied law under James Putnam.
  • In 1764, he married Abigail Smith (1744-1818), a minister’s daughter from Weymouth, Massachusetts, with whom he went on to have six children.  
  • During the 1760s, Adams began challenging Great Britain's authority in Colonial America. He viewed British forcing of high taxes and charges as a tool of ill-treatment. 
  • He was a attacker of the Stamp Act of 1765, in which the British charge a tax on legal documents, newspapers and playing cards in the North American colonies.
  • Adams also spoke out against the Townshend Acts of 1767, which levied tariffs on goods such as paper, glass, and tea that were imported to America.
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