John Adams was born on October 30th, 1735 to John Adams Sr. and Susanna Boylston Adams. He was the oldest of three and lived in Braintree, Massachusetts. His father was a farmer, deacon, and town councilman. The Adams were not very wealthy and John Adams’ father knew he could only send one son and he wanted to send his eldest. However, John Adams told his father “I do not love books and I wish you would lay aside thoughts of sending me to college.” His father in reply asked him- “What would you do child? Be a farmer?” John insisted that he wanted to be a farmer and not a scholar. His father brought him to work the fields the next day. Farming was strenuous work and was most likely rough on John’s hands and back. The night after the long day of farming, His father questioned him “Well John are you satisfied with being a farmer.” John Adams refused to admit that his father was right but John Adams Sr said “I do not like it[farming] so well, so you shall go to school.” John Adams and his father found a compromise- John would go to a tutor that challenged his students instead of the town teacher that was unbearably easy. Adams excelled under the tutors teaching and was accepted to Harvard in 1751.
His father wanted him to study to become a minister but John desired to find another calling. He enjoyed rhetoric and public speaking and thought about being a lawyer but he did not think he was capable. He graduated from Harvard in 1755 with a BA degree. He started working as a school teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts. He then began studying law under James Putman after Putman took Adams to court sessions. He studied law at night and during the day he would teach. He was admitted into the bar at Braintree in 1758 and later opened his own lawyer practice.
On October 25, 1764, John married Abigail. She became his advisor in almost all his cases and later in his presidency. They married when she was nineteen and he was twenty-eight. they had five children- John Quincy Adams, (who later became the sixth president of the United States) Abigail, Susanna, Charles, and Thomas. Sadly Susanna died before age two.
John Adams’ business was doing very well but he was often on business trips to boston. He decided to move his family to boston so that they could stay closer. Boston was stirring with hatred for the British. The colonists were not fond of taxes being imposed on them or the amount of soldiers stationed in their towns. On March 5, 1770, a boston mob insulted and threw snowballs and pieces of ice and rock at the soldiers. The soldiers in turn panicked and shot their guns at the mob. Five men were killed in the incident referred to by the colonists as the “Boston Massacre.” Even though John Adams did not delight in the King’s actions, He believed that everyone deserved a fair trial. He became the defense attorney for the soldiers. He proved that the Captain was not guilty. Only two of the soldiers were found guilty and their thumbs were...