I want to take the approximately month and a half to review our past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
John Adams was the 2nd President of the United States of America. He held the office from March 4, 1797 until March 4, 1801. His Vice President was Thomas Jefferson. John Adams was, also, a lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. Coming in second to George Washington in the 1st Presidential election, he became the country’s first Vice President. He was a Founding Father as well. His ideas as a political theorist led to his writing being published frequently.
John Adams was born October 30, 1735 in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, in what was then British America. He married Abigail Smith in 1764. They had six children, including John Quincy who would later become President. The young family moved several times until John Adams’ work led to him becoming President and being the first President to live in the White House.
John Adams has been known by several nicknames. He was The Colossus of Independence, which was given to him due to his leadership in Congress in 1776. Another nickname was The Father of the American Navy, which was given to him due to his strong position on defense. Finally, another of his nicknames was His Rotundity. This nickname, unfortunately, was because he was seen by many as pompous, as well as, being overweight.
John Adams’ writing, such as Thoughts on Government, influenced state constitutions, the federal constitution, and American political theory. He believed in republicanism, separation of powers, and a strong central government. He believed in everyone’s right to counsel and the protection of innocence.
After retiring from public life his writing continued, including years of correspondence with Thomas Jefferson. Their letters were later published and are a legacy to both men. Both men actually died on July 4, 1826. They are honored and remembered, including with multiple biographies written about John Adams.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!