"His Rotundity" Most brilliant and abrasive of Founders. John Adams, Second President of the United States served as Vice President under Washington. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and acted as envoy to France, the Netherlands and Great Britain during and after the Revolutionary War. The Adams presidency was marred by the Alien and Sedition Acts, which limited political debate and participation and were largely dismantled by Jefferson.
Abigail Adams (née Smith-November 22 1744 – October 28, 1818) wife of John Adams, the second President, United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President. Second, First Lady of the United States, Adams's life is one of the most documented: she is remembered for the many letters to her husband during the Continental Congresses. Abigail and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions and serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front.
One of the most fascinating coincidences in American History is that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the main architects of the document that gave birth to this new Nation, died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years to the day from the birth of the country they founded. It's also worth noting that in 1831 James Monroe, our Nation's 5th President, also died on the 4th of July.