The Founding of America: John Adams

A member of the Continental Congress in 1774, John Adams assisted in the formation of the Declaration of Independence, and became the second president of the United States!

His prolific articles helped fuel anti-British sentiment, while advocating for the rights of colonial citizens under the authority of British rule. In 1776, he described the complicated nature of the American Colonies to his friend, James Warren: “The management of so complicated and mighty a machine, as the United Colonies, required the meekness of Moses, the patience of Job and the wisdom of Solomon, added to the valor of David.”

Toward the end of John Adams’s life he wrote to Thomas Jefferson: “I have examined all . . . and the result is, that the Bible is the best book in the world.”

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