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The United Sates has had a short yet complex history in its two hundred and twenty-four years She has produced millions and millions of great individuals These great minds have shaped what America is today Others however have personally molded this magnificent nation with their own acts John Adams Thomas Jefferson John Marshall Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson are the most influential builders of the United States of America John Adams was born loyal to the English Crown but evolved into the second President of the Free World As a lawyer Adams emerged into politics as an opponent of the Stamp Act and was a leader in the Revolutionary group opposing the British measures that were to lead to the American Revolution Sent to the First Continental Congress he distinguished himself and in the Second Continental Congress he was a moderate but forceful revolutionary He proposed George Washington as commander in chief of the Continental troops to bind Virginia more tightly to the cause for independence He favored the Declaration of Independence was a member of the drafting committee and argued eloquently for it Adams was one of the negotiators who drew up the momentous Treaty of Paris to end the American Revolution Adams diplomatic skills brought him much political fame Thomas Jefferson although never effective as a public speaker won a reputation as a draftsman of resolutions and addresses In the colonial House of Burgesses Jefferson was a leader of the patriot faction He helped form and became a member of the Virginia Committee of Correspondence In his paper A Summary View of the Rights of British America prepared for the First Virginia Convention he brilliantly expounded the view that Parliament had no authority in the
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