By Heather Lehr Wagner, Walter Cronkite
A biography of the second one president of the USA.
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He soon realized that the job offered few challenges and little to do. Around this time, he began writing to Thomas Jefferson, after Jefferson left the government for his estate in Virginia. The resumed friendship would not last long. In December 1793, Thomas Jefferson left Washington’s administration and moved to Monticello, his estate near Charlottesville, Virgina. Adams wrote him a brief note, congratulating him on his decision to spend spring far from the “din of politics and rumors of war,” and the two former friends soon found themselves exchanging letters on safe topics.
Is their power and majesty that is For the next week, reflected, and only for their good, in every legitimate government, under President Adams stayed whatever form it may appear. . ” at the Francis Hotel while — On March 4, 1797, John Adams became the Washingtons slowly the second president of the United States. In his inaugural speech, given before the moved their things from House and Senate, he attempted to end some of the bitter division that had Philadelphia’s President’s marked the election and spoke of his House.
13 PM Page 48 JOHN ADAMS Alexander Hamilton of New York, a leading political figure, was determined to make sure that this did not happen. He liked John Adams, but felt that to strengthen the new country the choice for president must be clear and unanimous. Hamilton worked behind the scenes to make sure that some of the electors did not cast their second vote for Adams. In the end, George Washington was the unanimous choice for president. John Adams finished second and, at the age of 53, became the first vice president of the United States.
John Adams by Heather Lehr Wagner, Walter Cronkite