George Washington And Thomas Jefferson

2172 WordsApr 17, 20169 Pages
John Adams (1735-1826) has the historically unfortunate position of being president between two American icons, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. His presidency is often overlooked by scholars and even occasionally viewed as an undeserving president who won the office out of early American political maneuvering (McCullough 2001, 29). Nonetheless, he led the young nation during the end of the French Revolution and the emergence of Napoleon Bonaparte, a globally tumultuous period. The nation, and the world, has changed dramatically since the end of the eighteenth century. However, the domestic and foreign concerns that Adams had to manage and attempt to resolve are still relevant to current circumstances. Even though Adams only served one term over 200 years ago, through an analysis of his background, personality, presidential leadership and managerial style, and his interactions with Congress and the American people, a twenty-first century incoming president is able to learn from Adams’ mistakes and triumphs. Life Before the Presidency John Adams was raised in a Puritan household in colonial Massachusetts during the eighteenth century. Although not a deeply religious or pious man, the Puritan values of selfless service, modesty, and unflinching dedication were deeply instilled into Adams at a young age and would have lasting impacts on his personality and work ethic throughout his life (McCullough 2001, 54). After attending Harvard, Adams launched his legal career
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