John Adams, born on October 30, 1735, in Braintree, Massachusetts, was the first vice-president and the second president of the United States. He was also a very influential person in America. Although he wasn’t really the most famous president, he contributed to many aspects throughout his presidency and political career. Most of his contribution includes his writings, speeches and essays, his part in the office, and his role in the signing of important documents.
While he was a president, he was also a abolitionist trying to win freedom for enslaved blacks. He gave each displaced black a piece of land but was stopped when a law was passed saying that it had go back to the slave masters/owners. He was sent on many diplomatic mission to talk peace treaties with other countries. He was very outspoken about his abolitionist ideas of slavery and how the slaves should be treated. Adams tried his hardest to pass laws about slave but kept getting hostile activity from the opposing party Jacksonians.
While John Adams was president he was faced with a problem, American ships were getting taken and the sailors were not safe. Earlier the Americans had a problem where the British would not leave the Ohio River Valley, because of this problem the American’s chief justice was sent to Britain to propose a peace treaty, the Jay treaty. This treaty proved successful and in this treaty Britain pulled their troops from the Ohio Valley. The French considered this to be an act of betrayal and attacked the Americans. To end these attacks, three representatives were sent from America to France. These men were told they would only be able to negotiate peace if the French foreign minister received a large sum of money, they did not follow through with
This was a victory for Americans over the Natives and would begin the war. After this victory, the War Hawks push for war increased. And in June of 1812 a declaration of war was signed by the United States. America began attacks in Canada and British Colonies, but would get nowhere with the pompous and overly-optimistic attitude that they had acquired. The U.S would face bad loss after bad loss that would result in them being pushed back over the canadian border. Surprisingly, America won a few battles against the Royal Navy , until the Napoleonic Wars had concluded. One of the most memorable battles that transpired during this war was when Britain captured and burned the U.S capitol to the ground. Madison personally fought in this disheartening loss. The last battle of this war was fought after the Treaty of Ghent was signed, but in resulted in an American victory which would shape the positive view of the U.S military for
John Adams, the Second President of the United States, a founding father, and a member of the Continental Congress who headed the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. Prior to being elected as the President, he served as the first Vice President alongside George Washington. Adams was a well rounded man who voiced his opinions, had exceptional writing skills, and had a solid background of legal and philosophical studies. All of these qualities and the experience he gained from serving as Vice President more than qualified him to become the leader of the country. As George Washington's term concluded, John Adams became the next President of the United States
The United State’s second President, John Adams, began his political career by helping in the Continental Congress representing Massachusetts. Adams was very contentious, which is not usually a valued trait, however, it made him very well equipped to handle foreign politics. His main goal though, was simply to “advance the cause of the United States.” Adams was responsible for, and successful at, persuading the Dutch to grant the U.S. diplomatic recognition. His first major role in American politics though came in 1789 when he became Vice President to Washington. Adams thrived in the role as Vice President because, although he was not very personable, he was a very effective politician. So having Adams as arbiter of the Senate meant that things got done. Having John
The Presidential Election of 1800 was an election between the current president John Adams and the current vice president Thomas Jefferson. Adams was a Federalist who thought that the central government and he should have more power over America. Jefferson as his vice president and a Democratic-Republican thought that Adams ways contradicted the Democratic principles and more supported the ways of Britain’s Monarchist government; which is seen in the way he was leading the country. In 1798 Adams started an undeclared naval war between U.S. and France in an attempt to get the French to stop seizing American merchant ships with Britain. Knowing that the French was dominating the war in Europe, Adams knew that we could not compete unless we strengthened
From 1754 to 1763 the British and French were involved in a war known as the French and Indian War. The French and Indian War was fought to determine who got what land in North America. It was a long struggle that the British eventually won but at a huge financial cost. The debt from this war almost destroyed the British government. It was this debt that caused tensions that led to the Revolutionary War.
The War of 1812 waged on for almost 3 years. This was the war that proved that America can stand on its own as an independent country. The two sides of this war were the United States of America and Great Britain. The reason for this war was for maritime rights of neutrals. “The belligerents seized nearly 1500 American vessels between 1803 and 1812, thus posing the problem of whether the U.S. should go to war to defend its neutral rights” (War of 1812). Due to this, the United States had stood up for themselves. Great Britain felt that as most of the people of the U.S. originally came from there and because of this, they belong in the Royal Navy in their time of need during the battle in the French revolutionary and Napoleonic war against France
Adams sent three commissioners to France, but the French refused to negotiate or even speak to us unless the United States agreed to pay what amounted to a huge amount of money also known as a bribe. When this became the knowledge of the people, the nation banned out in favor of war. However, Adams did not call out war officially, despite some naval hesitant problems. This huge argument between the United States and France became from then on known as the XYZ Affair.
“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it” is just one of many great quotes by John Adams. John Adams had a tough role as the second United States president. He came right after George Washington who was loved by all. Washington had a tight grip on the country at the time, and was able to lead that country in war at any time. John Adams was still a founding father of the United States and did many great things in and out of office.
He did not contradict himself as his colleagues did, that is something to admire him for. Though he wanted an aristocracy form of government, he still cared some what about the lower class. Enslaving another human being to the benefit yourself, is disgusting. The people who created our laws were the same people enslaving others, which is selfish. Though owning slaves, would have given Mr. Adams substantially more money, but he did not want it. Through his arrogance and egotistical ways John has a heart. Early in his presidency, the French and the British had been causing a great deal of tension for the United States. When the French rejected an American envoy, President Adams sent over three American commissioners but the French refused to negotiate with them unless they accepted a bribe. Outraged, President Adams reports to congress what had been going on. Stirred up in an uproar the citizens of the United States were prepared for war. Admirably, President Adams doesn’t declare war on France. Instead, he and the French Prime Minister discuss the issue at hand. After long consideration and many battles at sea the French did not want war with the United States, and everything quietly
John Adams, an accomplished lawyer was a leader of the American Revolution, who was against the British colonial policies, more so the imposition of high taxes and tariffs to the people. He was very significant in the framing of the American constitution following his background in law. He served as one of the delegates in the Continental Congress that happened in the 1770s. He later participated in making of the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution war in 1783. He served as the first vice president of the United States of America and later became the second president after George Washington.
John Quincy Adams is known as a pretty decent president. In a C-SPAN poll he was ranked number nineteen. He was very passionate about freedom of speech and universal education. His first year in office he had ideas that would help promote science and he saw the need for practical solutions to universal problems. He wanted to help the United States with his new ideas. While he was president the Erie Canal opened, he supported the Panama Congress, approved the Tariff of Abominations bill, and the Ohio and Baltimore railroad had begun. John Quincy Adams did deserve his ranking because he was a decent president but he could have improved on some things as well.
There was some bloodshed between American vessels and French vessels on the ocean and this became known as the Quasi-War crisis. A lot of Americans wanted a full blown war with France, to save Great Britain and end the French revolution. John Adams, however, was against war and wanted to resolve the issue peacefully, if possible. In the winter of 1799, France was finally willing to negotiate openly with Americans, and America and France signed the Treaty of Mortefontaine, which ended the Quasi-War