Adams, John - Research Article from Americans at War

David McCullough
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Simple Beginnings

John Adams came from humble origins. Unlike Washington and Jefferson who came from wealth and had amassed vast land holdings by the time of the Revolutionary War, Adams was born into a more simple life. His father was a farmer and pastor in Braintree, Massachusetts, about ten miles south of Boston. A quick study who was reading the Greek classics at a young age, Adams gravitated to law, eventually graduating from Harvard and setting up a profitable law practice in the Boston area.

It was as a leading local lawyer that Adams first gained wide prominence. In 1770, with relations between England and the colonies deteriorating, Adams took the unpopular step of defending British soldiers accused of firing on and killing a number of Americans in what became known as the Boston Massacre. Adams was able to clear all these soldiers of the most serious charges. And...

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