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John Adams was born on October 30 1735 in Braintree Massachusetts on the family farm John was named after his father a deacon of the church His father was also at times the towns tax collector selectman constable and lieutenant of the militia His fathers occupation was farming The senior Adams was Johns role model in life Johns father passed away in the flu epidemic of 1761 Of all the famous people in the Adams life comparatively little is known about Johns mother Susanna Boylston Adams She was known to have a fiery temper She remarried in 1766 to Lt John Hall Apparently John did not get along with his stepfather Susanna Adams died in 1797 while John was serving his first year as President John had two younger brothers Peter and Elihu John Adams was the second cousin of Samuel Adams fellow revolutionary and John was the third cousin to his future wife Abigail Smith John was taught to read by his father while he a was still a young child John attended a series of schools His favorite subject was math John had little patience for schooling His father had dreams of John graduating from Harvard and becoming a minister John agreed to become more attentive of studies if his father would place him under the tutelage of Joseph Marsh who ran a more challenging school Johns school work improved and he entered Harvard in 1751 a year older than the usual student at that time Adams graduated in 1755 with Bachelor of Arts degree Adams graduated 15 in a class of 24 At the time of his graduation Adams planned to commit himself to practicing law However Adams first job was as schoolmaster in Worcester Massachusetts Throughout Adams teaching career John yearned to make his mark upon the world There was little to stimulate Johns intellectual needs Adams learned to adjust to becoming the schoolmaster in the town socializing in the evenings
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