John Adams was the first vice president and the second president of the United States. He fought for independence from Great Britain and played a major role in the colonial movement.
John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts. His father was a farmer and a community leader. John was the eldest child in the family and had two brothers.
In 1755 Adams graduated from Harvard College and became a lawyer. For about a year he taught school in Worcester.
In 1758 Adams was admitted to the Boston bar.
In 1764 Adams married Abigail Smith who made a major contribution to his public career. They had five children.
In 1768 Adams was elected representative from Boston to the Massachusetts Legislature.