John Adams, the man who would become the nation's second president, was born in Braintree (later Quincy), Massachusetts, on October 30, 1735. His father Deacon John Adams was a farmer and cordwainer (a maker of leather goods) who served as a church deacon, town selectman, and lieutenant in the local militia. His mother Suzanne Boyleston of Brookline came from a family of some small distinction. Young John was their first child; two other sons would be born: Peter in 1737 and Elihu in 1741.
As a boy, Adams loved the outdoors and found farm life in rural Braintree agreeable. Indeed, on one occasion, responding to his father's exasperation at his son's lack of devotion to schoolwork, young Adams declared that...Read more
- October 30, 1735
- July 04, 1826
- Vice president (Government)