Presidents: John Adams

When George Washington abruptly announced he wouldn’t seek a third term in 1796, America was heartbroken. John Adams was a “rebound” president, and America dumped him the second the much more handsome, smart and wealthy Thomas Jefferson came along. Here’s what you need to know about John Adams:

  • John Adams was not only a Founding Father, but also a Founding Uncle, a Founding Brother and a Founding Great Aunt. It was complicated.
  • He signed the Alien & Sedition Act, which outlawed talking shit about space aliens. This was apparently a huge problem in the 1790s.
  • HBO produced an award-winning miniseries about the life of John Adams, called “Sex And The City.”
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