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John Adams: Early Life

John Adams was born in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts, on October 30, 1735, the first of three children (all boys) born to John and Susanna Boylston Adams. His father, a deacon in the Congregational Church, earned a living as a farmer and shoemaker. Though not wealthy, the family enjoyed a comfortable life that allowed the Adams boys to receive formal educations. John attended a dame school, a local school taught by a female teacher that was designed to teach the rudimentary skills of reading and writing, followed by a Latin school, a preparatory school for those who planned to attend college. He did well at both, despite not being particularly fond of books, and entered Harvard College at age fifteen. After graduating in 1755, he taught in a Latin school in Worcester, Massachusetts, to earn the tuition fees to study law, studied in the Worcester law office of James Putnam, and began practicing law in Braintree in 1758.

The birthplace of John Adams still stands at its original location in Braintree, and is now part of Adams National Historical Park. Its official website is

John Adams Birthplace

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