No, not the coal miner of song, but John Adams who is rapidly becoming one of my personal heroes as I learn more about him.
The public schools I attended did a great disservice in selling this man short. All I learned there was that he was Vice President under George Washington, the second President after him, and the father of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams (and all I knew about him was that he was the son of the second president). Some years later I learned that he was also the lawyer who defended the British officer and soldiers involved in the riot that became known as the Boston Massacre.
But he was involved in so much more. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, and one of the major voices in the call for Independence. While the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson…
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