Dating back to 1639, the Adams family came from England and lived in the colonies. John Adams was born in 1735. He graduated from Harvard College in 1755. Although he wanted to enlist as a soldier, his family thwarted his plans and the military rejected him due to his small size. After teaching for two years, John Adams began to practice law by clerking and apprenticing for an attorney. As Adams examined and wrote about unfair taxation, he became more involved with politics. The biography looks at John Adams' public service and career as a delegate for the Continental Congresses, one of the drafters of the Declaration of Independence, American Ambassador to Britain, and vice president of the United States. In 1796 he was elected to the highest office of the United States; Adams became the second President. At the end of each chapter are five multiple choice questions with answers to reviews facts. Additional resources and web sites are included. This book is a part of the "Leaders of the American Revolution" series.