The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson believed that the government should be frugal in its expenditures. President Barack Obama advocated for “a wise and frugal government,” one that in his first inaugural address. He was successful in keeping government expenses to a minimum and taxes at a low level. To him, it was unacceptable for farmers … Read more

The Childhood of Thomas Jefferson

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

In Charlottesville, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson was the third of ten children born to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph on April 13, 1743. His father, a planter and surveyor by trade, was of Welsh ancestry. Jefferson’s family moved to Tuckahoe in 1745 and resided for seven years before returning to Albemarle County, where … Read more

The Brief Biography of Thomas Jefferson

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson served as the primary draftsman of the United States Declaration of Independence, as the nation’s first secretary of state, and as the nation’s second vice president during his time in the presidency (under John Adams). Jefferson continued to serve as the third president of the United States, during which he … Read more

The Children of John Adams

Portrait of John Adams family

President John Adams’ wife Abigail served as an unofficial adviser throughout his career. Their correspondence shows that he sought her advice on a variety of issues, including his presidential ambitions. The elder Adams son, John Quincy, would become president seven years after his mother’s death in 1825, and she remained a supportive … Read more

The Presidency of John Adams

Portrait of John Adams

In Philadelphia, John Adams was sworn in as the nation’s second president on March 4, 1797. Vice President will be Thomas Jefferson. Domestic Policies Adams’s style was essential to delegate domestic matters to Congress and exercise personal control over foreign policy. Not only was the President charged with foreign policy by the … Read more

The First Lady of John Adams

Portrait of First lady Abigail Adams

President John Adams’ wife, Abigail Adams, served as an unofficial adviser throughout his career. Their letters show him seeking her advice on a variety of issues, including his presidential ambitions. After her husband was elected president in 1797, Adams remained a supportive spouse and confidante, and her eldest son, John Quincy, would … Read more

Childhood, Education and Careers of John Adams

Portrait of John Adams

In Braintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America, on October 30, 1735, John Adams, Jr. was born to John Adams, Sr., and Susanna Boylston. His father was John Adams, Sr. and his mother was Susanna Boylston. He was the eldest of three brothers. Adams’ father was a farmer and cobbler who served as a … Read more

Honoring George Washington

Portrait of George Washington

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America, led the army that secured the country’s independence, an act of perseverance, courage, and vision that aided in forming a republic centered on the idea of representative government. Discover the establishments named after and built to honor his contributions that … Read more

The Brief Biography of John Adams

Portrait of John Adams

John Adams was a direct descendant of Massachusetts Bay Colony Puritan colonists. He attended Harvard University, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and was admitted to the bar in 1758. John Adams was a member of the First Continental Congress in 1774, where he helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Adams was … Read more

Childhood, Education and Careers of George Washington

Portrait of George

George Washington was born in Pope’s Creek Estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia, near present-day Colonial Beach on February 22, 1732. They belonged to the moderately prosperous middle-class landed gentry, primarily of English descent. Augustine Washington, his father, was a tobacco planter with several properties in various locations. He also dabbled in iron … Read more