John Adams

Two Unitarian Presidents

John Adams, first of the four presidents who were Unitarians, was on-and-off friends with Thomas Jefferson, who had Unitarian leanings, but was not a member. Learned and thoughtful, John Adams was remarkable as a political philosopher and was one of the indispensable founders of our nation. Prior to serving as President, Adams was a delegate to the Continental Congress, a diplomat, and Vice President under George Washington.

John Adams had studied for the ministry, but came to believe that government service would be more exciting.

Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams were life-long members of First Parish Church, Quincy, Mass. Their tombs stand in a crypt within the church, beside those of their wives, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.


John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams was the only President who was the son of a President. (Until G W Bush) As a boy, his mother had told him that some day the state would rest upon his shoulders. It did not rest lightly.

Never publicly popular, often reviled by his political enemies, he nevertheless ended his life in the sunshine of national esteem. The presidency was only one of his careers, sandwiched between being a successful diplomat and Secretary of State, and, after the interlude of being President, an equally successful tenure as a Congressman who opposed slavery.

Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams were life-long members of First Parish Church, Quincy, Mass. Their tombs stand in a crypt within the church, beside those of their wives, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.

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Bibliography

Judith Hayes. "All Those Christian Presidents."

Grolier On Line. The American Presidency. John Adams.

Grolier On Line. The American Presidency. John Quincy Adams.






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