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John Adams President USJohn Adams who became the second president of the United States has been accused by some historians of being the closest thing America ever had to a dictator or monarch Onuf 1993 Such strong accusations should be examined in the context of the era in which Mr Adams lived and served A closer examination of the historical events occurring during his vice presidency and his term as president strongly suggests that Adams was not in fact a dictator Indeed except for his lack of charisma and political charm Adams had a very successful political career before joining the new national government He was moreover highly sought after as a public servant during the early formation of the new federal power Ferling 1992 Adams was a well educated seasoned patriot and experienced diplomat He was the runner-up in the election in which George Washington was selected the first United States President According to the electoral-college system of that time the second candidate with the most electoral votes became the Vice President Smelser Gundersen 1975 As president Washington appointed among others two influential political leaders to his original cabinet Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton Jefferson a veteran politician became the Secretary of State and Hamiliton a young outspoken New Yorker lawyer became the Secretary of the Treasury Ferling 1992 Jefferson like Adams had also signed the Declaration of Independence Hamilton however was the only cabinet member relatively unknown to Adams Ferling 1992 It was Hamilton nonetheless who excelled during this new administration by initiating numerous innovative and often controversial programs many of which were quite successful Adams and Hamilton were both Federalists Unlike Hamiliton Adams was more moderate Smelser Gundersen 1975 During this first administration Adams and Hamilton quarreled Washington Retires 1995 and Adams contemptuously began referring to Hamilton as his puppyhood DeCarolis 1995 This created a rift in the administration for Washington generally favored Hamiliton Smelser Gundersen 1975 and disregarded
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