Who Was John Adams?

Contributor: Nichole Brooker. Lesson ID: 11072

John Adams died on the 4th of July, but it wasn't the Fourth of July! Confusing? Learn more about Mr. Adams, who wanted to be called "Your Majesty," then do an essay or a Prezi on this 2nd president!


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John Adams died on the 4th of July in 1826; however, the "4th of July" wasn't made a Federal holiday until 44 years later! The day that he passed away was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Find out what other interesting facts there are to know about the second President of the United States, John Adams!

John Adam's Life and Contributions to U.S. History

What do you already know about John Adams?

  • Did you know he was the first vice president of the United States?
  • Did you know he was the second president?
  • Fill in as many bubbles as you can in the Web Graphic Organizer found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

John Adams was the father of the 6th president (John Quincy Adams), making him the first president who fathered another president. One other American president fathered another president. Can you name him?

As you watch the Disney The American Presidents: John Adams video (below), write down three things you think made John Adams a good president, and 3 things you think made him a not-so-good president. Be prepared to share your answers with your parent or teacher.


John Adams was a hot head! That doesn't seem to be a good attribute to have when you are the President of the United States! What are your thoughts? What are some attributes that would serve a president well? Make a list and, as you learn more about John Adams, decide if he possessed those.

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