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The other day the science section head, Constance Carter, bought a John Adams doll at the White House Visitor Center for a gift basket (see pictures in this post). Since John Adams is the namesake of our building and the inspiration for Inside Adams we thought it would be fun to provide our readers with some John Adams Trivia.

Did you know John Adams…

  • Was the 2nd President of the United States (March 4, 1797 to March 3, 1801)
  • Was the 1st Vice President of the United States under George Washington (1789-97)
  • Nickname was “Atlas of Independence”
  • First president to reside in the White House – moving in November 1, 1800 while the paint was still wet
  • Wife, Abigail Smith, hung her laundry in the East Room to dry
  • Born & died in Braintree (now Quincy) Massachusetts
  • Died on July 4, 1826, the same day as Thomas Jefferson and the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
  • Sent 3 commissioners to France – an event that later came to be know as the XYZ Affair
  • Son, John Quincy Adams, became the 6th President of the United States
  • Established the Library of Congress
  • Was both a teacher and a lawyer
  • Was one of only two signers of the Declaration of Independence to be elected president. Thomas Jefferson was the other.

More information on John Adams can be found at:

Pamphlet display
Pamphlet display

Comments (5)

  1. Mr. Adams lived the life of an abolitionist and taught the same to his son.

    Way to go Mr. President(s) Adams!

  2. I see no mention of the fact it was John Adams who represented the Red Coats who were tried for the killing of the so called “hooligans” who instigated the Red Coats to fire upon them. Moreover, the defendants were found not guilty of the murder of Crispus Attucks as well as the Irish “hooligans”, according to my source.

  3. John Adams was a great man and he need to be respected by all the world, I don’t think he needs this pamphlet.

  4. I love your blog,
    keeping post more articles.



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