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John Adams by Frances Schendle

  1. 1. John AdamsBy Frances Schendle
  2. 2. Background and achievements• Persuaded the Continental Congress to declare independence from England - Nominated George Washington as General of the Continental Army - Proposed drafting a “Declaration of Independence” - Secured unanimous support from all states• Introduced ideas that shaped the U.S. Constitution - Drafted the first Constitution (of Massachusetts; published “Thoughts on Government”• Served as a diplomat in Europe - Secured financial support from the Dutch - America’s first minister to Great Britain• Elected the 2nd President of the United States - Kept the US out of war with France • Married to Abigail Adams, with whom he had four children, one of whom (John Quincy Adams) served as the 6th President of the United States BOS Total Leadership Biography - John Adams
  3. 3. John Adams Four Circles Family Vs Community/Work Family and Community/WorkAdams spends significant time Adams engages Abigail,away from Abigail as a delegate drawing on her as a source of in the Continental Congress strength and even ideas.and later, a diplomat in Europe Community Family Community and Work A career as a politician leverages his legal Work expertise to achieve his vision for a new country Self Self vs. Community/Work Long work days and public Self and Community/Work speaking requirements Adams attends church frequently threatened weekly and uses religion as Adams’ physical health one source for his political opinions BOS Total Leadership Biography - John Adams
  4. 4. Dear Abigail…Dear John…“Love sweetens Life, and Life sometimes destroys Love…I hope to be happyer next Fall than I am at present, and this Hope makes me happyer now than I should be without it…I am at Braintree but I wish I was at Weymouth.” - John to Abigail on April 20, 1763“And by the way in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands…If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” - Abigail to John on March 31, 1776“Your Sentiments of the Duties We owe to our Country, are such as become the best of Women, and the best of Men. Among all the Disappointments, and Perplexities, which have fallen to my share in Life, nothing has contributed so much to support my Mind, as the choice Blessing of a Wife, whose Capacity enabled her to comprehend, and whose pure Virtue obliged her to approve the Views of her Husband… I read, and read again your charming Letters, and they serve me, in some faint degree as a substitute for the Company and Conversation of the Writer.” BOS Total Leadership Biography - John Adams
  5. 5. Key lessons Core Values Family and Work Stay mindful of my core values Engage my family in my work in order to gainand use them as a guide through their support for my career goals and to set challenging situations an example for my children Community Family Integrate Community and Work Work Leverage my professional skills to make an impact in the community and to draw Self upon my experiences in the community to inform my work in the health care sector BOS Total Leadership Biography - John Adams