John Adams Timeline

John Adams Timeline in Chronological Order

1735Oct 30. John Adams is born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
1755Adams graduates from Harvard College and begins practicing law.
1764Adams marries Abigail Smith.
1770Mar 5. The Boston Massacre occurs, leading to Adams’ involvement in the American Revolution.
1774Sep 5 – Oct 26. Adams attends the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

Apr 19. The Battles of Lexington and Concord occur, marking the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.

Jun 17. The Battle of Bunker Hill takes place.


May 10. Congress authorizes the creation of a Continental Army, with George Washington appointed as its commander-in-chief.

Jul 4. The Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Continental Congress.

1777Feb 6. John Quincy Adams, John and Abigail’s second son, is born.
1778Dec. Adams travels to France to assist with negotiations for the Treaty of Alliance.
1783Sep 3. The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the American Revolutionary War.
1785Mar 4. Adams is appointed the first American ambassador to Great Britain.
1789Apr 30. George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States.

Mar 4. John Adams is inaugurated as the second President of the United States.

Jul 11. Adams signs the Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen, establishing the U.S. Marine Hospital Service, the forerunner of the Public Health Service.

1798Jul 14. The Alien and Sedition Acts are signed into law, which allows the government to deport foreigners deemed dangerous and criminalizes criticism of the government.
1800Dec 3. John Quincy Adams, John and Abigail’s son, is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1801Mar 4. Thomas Jefferson is inaugurated as the third President of the United States, succeeding Adams.
1812Jul 4. Adams famously writes in a letter to his wife, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.”
1826Jul 4. Adams dies at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts, at the age of 90.