John Adams (1735–1826) – 2ND President of the United States, 1797-1801
John Adams was a founding father, statesman, diplomat, and prominent supporter of America’s independence from Great Britain. He was an advocate for a strong central government and republicanism. Adams assisted Thomas Jefferson in the framing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and was also one of the creators of the Massachusetts Constitution in 1780. During his presidency, he signed the controvertible Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, as well as strengthened and prepared the American army and navy for the Quasi-War with France (1798-1800), which he resolved with a peace treaty.
In 1822, when Adams was in his eighties, he created the Adams Temple and School Fund to advance educational and religious interests in Quincy, Massachusetts, and he used the fund to manage his bequests to Quincy, Mass. The bequests included the donation of land and funding for the construction of the First Parish Church (1828), the disposition of his personal library, as well as another donation of 8 acres, for the construction of a stone building, that would later become the Adams Academy (1872-1908). The Academy building is still used by a variety of organizations today, such as the Boy Scouts, American Legion, and the Red Cross.
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