Oct 30, 1735. Second president of the US (term of office: Mar 4, 1797 Mar 3, 1801). Born at Brain-tree, Massachusetts, Adams had been George Washington’s vice president and was the father of John Quincy Adams (sixth president of the US).
He once wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail:
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826. Adams died at Quincy, Massachusetts.
Image: Official Presidential portrait of John Adams (by John Trumbull, circa 1792), Public Domain