John Adams

By - 1/19/17 - 12:29 pm

J.L. Bell recounts John Adams's worries about how his son, John Quincy Adams, would do at Harvard.

By - 12/23/16 - 9:30 am

J.L. Bell introduces us to Robert Treat Paine, more specifically, John Adams's disgust for his fellow signer of the Declaration of Independence:

That evening at Put[nam]s, he called me, a Numbskull and a Blunder Buss before all the Superiour Judges. I was not present indeed, but such expressions were indecent and tended to give the Judges a low Opinion of me, as if I was despized by my Acquaintance. He is an impudent, ill-bred, conceited fellow.

By - 11/15/16 - 12:04 pm
John Adams

The Supreme Judicial Court decided today it will not break a below-market-rates lease between Quincy and the local historical society for a building on land originally owned by John Adams, even though that deprives a beneficiary of Adams's largesse of revenue.

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By - 7/4/15 - 12:07 pm
John Adams in Quincy

Seems our second president would have preferred July 2 as Independence Day, although that would have deprived us of that story about him and Jefferson both dying within hours of each other on the national holiday.

David Parsons captured the Adams mural in Quincy.

Copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/10/11 - 11:22 am

The Bay Stater was John Adams and the Virginian was a guy who wrote a book that seemed to claim Virginia was more important to the Revolution than Massachusetts. J.L. Bell discusses and posts a copy of Adams's remonstrance, which focused on James Otis, at the center of the writs-of-assistance case in the 1760s:

By - 11/26/09 - 4:26 pm

Adams apparently was convinced the reason he couldn't get re-elected was becaue he declared a national day of thanksgiving on behalf of, gasp, Presbyterians. J.L. Bell recounts the whole story.

By - 10/9/09 - 12:09 pm

And not from beyond the grave, either, at least, that we know. But just as JOE-4-OIL has a doppelnamer, so does the dead guy from the City of Presidents:

Volunteers are needed to help us with our campaign for the open Senate seat.

The candidate is John Adams, a doctor from the Foxboro area.

We will be meeting on Monday Oct. 12 between 9am-noon at 113 Washington St. Foxboro, MA (Next to Seasonal) ...

The Attleboro Sun-Chronicle reports he's running as an independent. His state physician profile shows he's an internist, has no malpractice payments or disciplinary actions listed and he accepts several types of insurance.

By - 4/7/08 - 5:24 pm

He's had quite enough:

I decided to start blogging from the grave due to the preponderance of mistruths and inaccuracies that have spread across the people by virtue of biographical books and television series. It appears that a host of lecherous pundits and writers have jumped on the John Adams bandwagon. Even in the grave, these hangers-on are annoying and aggravating. So, good people, I have decided to enter the Blogesphere, as i believe it is called, not to correct the inaccuracies of what has been written about me, but to comment on what is happening now. ...

By - 4/3/08 - 9:01 am

J.L. Bell fills us in on the goings on in the Adams household whilst John was off in Europe.

By - 3/25/08 - 5:34 pm

Like sci-fi fans who delight in finding continuity errors in Star Trek episodes, history buffs are enjoying themselves tremendously picking apart HBO's John Adams mini-series, including a sequence involving smallpox, which forced J.L. Bell to admit:

I must confess that I don't know my pus that well.

By - 3/13/08 - 8:01 am

J.L. Bell reports that while the upcoming HBO mini-series on our own John Adams might be riveting, possibly the most riveting scene of all never happened: A royal customs agent was not tarred and feathered here by a mob acting on the orders of John Hancock (although there was an actual tarring and feathering a year later; Adams represented a defendant in that case, which involved a ship that had been seized from Hancock).

By - 7/2/06 - 9:32 am

J.L. Bell quotes from the correspondence of John Adams to prove that the Declaration of Independence was actually signed July 2.