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Famous Ancestor: John Adams

Second cousin to Bostonian patriot Samuel Adams, John Adams also opposed the Stamp Act and similar measures on the grounds that Parliament did not have the authority to tax the colonies because the Americans were not represented in Parliament. John Adams represented Massachusetts at the First and Second Continental Congresses.

In 1775, at the second congress, he nominated George Washington as commander-in-chief of the newly-created Continental Army. In June of 1776 when Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Congress of resolution for independence, Adams seconded the motion and continued to press for independence until the other members of Congress agreed. A committee was formed to draft a declaration of independence to send to London, and Adams was appointed one of the members. The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Congress on 2 July 1776. The following day, Adams wrote to his wife Abigail:

"You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, though all the gloom...I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day's transaction."

John Adams served as vice president to George Washington for two terms, and then succeeded him as president of the United States. He was in office from 1797 to 1801.

To view John Adams' Family Tree, login to OneGreatFamily, launch Genealogy Browser, and enter OGFN#593888133. You can also see whether or not you are related to Samuel Adams by going to the Relationship Calculator on the Family Dashboard Page when you login to OneGreatFamily.

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