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John Adams was the second president of the United States he served on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence and then helped persuade the Second Continental Congress to adopt the declaration He is a great figure in American history before the American Revolution he joined with other patriots in resisting British rule John Adams was born and raised in Braintree Massachusetts He entered Harvard College when he was sixteen years old and after graduating in 1755 he study law In 1758 Adams began to practice law in Braintree In 1764 Adams married Abigail Smith and they had five children One of them John Quincy Adams became the sixth president of the United States The marriage lasted 54 years until the death of his wife in 1818 Adams spent the early part of his career practicing law in Braintree and developing his interest in government He became well known throughout the colonies When in Boston he was elected to the Massauchetts legislature while helping acquit the British troops in the Boston massacre He only served in the legislature for a few months In May 1775 Adams set out for Philadelphia and the opening of the Second Continental Congress the American Revolution had begun with the battles at Lexington and Concord Adams John Hancock Samuel Adams and other New England delegates arrived in Philadelphia ready to fight back against Britain They wanted the colonies to get ready for war and to set up a confederation of independent colonies Many delegates hesitated and Adams became very impatient After two weeks when nothing had been accomplished Adams could hold back no longer He addressed Congress and told them that before talking of peace with Britain Congress should adopt a program to set up an independent government in each colony It should use the New England militiamen who were then blockading the British in Boston as the basis for a Continental Army and should name a commander-in-chief who
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