Presidency of John Adams

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Historical Context Note

John Adams (30th of October, 1735 - 4th of July, 1826) was the second President of the United States (1797-1801), following two terms as the first Vice President of the United States (1789-1797).

Adams, a fervent supporter of independence, played a crucial role during the American Revolutionary War, assisting Thomas Jefferson in drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and negotiating the Treaty of Paris in 1783. He had also played a diplomatic role in France and Netherlands during the war. Adams presidency is primarily remembered for his passing of the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts (1798), which were bills introduced in an attempt to control immigration and deport foreigners considered 'dangerous to the peace …

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