Adams, John, 1927, Biographical Sketch
JOHN ADAMS, Vice-President under Washington, has been termed "our unhappiest President." He was elected President in 1796, serving but one term. In 1800, the government moved from Philadelphia to Washington and the Adamses were the first occupants of the White House. A proud man, President Adams was forced to play second fiddle to Alexander Hamilton in directing the policies of the nation. This, together with the loss of the Presidency to Thomas Jefferson in his campaign for reelection, so embittered him that he nursed his political grudges for the rest of his life. He was born at Quincy, Mass., 1735, and was the first President to be a college graduate, having received a degree from Harvard in 1755. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Commissioner to France with Benjamin Franklin, and the first Ambassador from the United States to England. He died in 1826 in his ninety-first year.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 3.
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