Adams, John (1735 -1826)
One of the Founding Fathers, John Adams became the second President of the United States (1797-1801), having served two terms as George Washington’s Vice-President.
Born to a modest family in Massachusetts, Adams in 1751 went to Harvard College at age sixteen. After Harvard he studied law in the office of James Putnam, a prominent lawyer in Worcester. In 1764 he married Abigail Smith with whom he had five children, including John Quincy Adams, who became the sixth President of the United States.