The Life and Legacy of John Adams Essay by MikeyBlueEyes

The Life and Legacy of John Adams
A short, detailed biography of one of America's most prominent historical figures, John Adams.
# 55627 | 782 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2005 | US

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This paper chronicles the life of John Adams from young lawyer to Congressional delegate to American president. It looks at how, along with Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin, Adams dedicated a good part of his life to the fight for American independence. It discusses his education and career from schoolmaster to vice-president, as well as his tenure as Ambassador to Holland and Great Britain.

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"A three year stint in the Continental Congress (1774-1777), punctuated by short recuperative leaves and service in the colonial legislature in 1774-1775, brought Adams national fame. Adams was a master of workable compromise and meaningful debate, though he was sometimes impatient. He chaired 25 of the more than 90 committees on which he sat, the most important of which in obtaining Washington's appointment as commander in chief of the Continental Army. Adams was a member of the five-man committee charged with drafting the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776, though he probably made no major changes in Jefferson's draft. But, more directly involved, he defended it from its congressional detractors, advocated it to the wavering, and guided it to passage (Ferris & Morris 34)."

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