which hold the remains of two
presidents of the United States.
John Adams' sarcophagus. Until they were
moved beneath the church, the president's
bones rested in Hancock Cemetery, located
across the street.
Each of the Adamses interred in the crypt have plaques commemorating their lives
outside the doorway.
While my first visit to the tomb was in 2003,
I did not have a camera on me. The photo
above was taken on my second visit in 2004,
while the others are from my 2010 visit.
*** Interesting Facts ***
On March 5, 1770, a group of British troops fired upon a band of
colonists, killing five of them. When the soldiers involved in the
massacre were put on trial, they were defended by John Adams, one of
Massachusetts' hardest working attorneys. Several other notable lawyers
had been approached to take the job, but all others chose not to.
Despite the fact that his allegiance lay with the colonists, Adams
believed that it was only right to give the accused a fair trial. Most
of the colonists believed that each soldier would be declared guilty and
condemned, but Adams did his best not to be discouraged. Through
in-depth research and invaluable eyewitness accounts, Adams was able to
save each of the men from execution. The skill Adams demonstrated during
the trial greatly impressed some important colonial figures, and
eventually led to his appointment to the Continental Congress in 1774.
In 1785, Adams was made America's first ambassador to Great Britain. He
served as the minister plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James for
three years before returning to the United States in 1788. Adams was
just one of five ambassadors to Britain that later became president, the
others being James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, and
As was the case with many people elected to the position, John Adams
strongly disliked the vice presidency. George Washington rarely
consulted with him about his decisions and instead left him to maintain
peace in the U.S. Senate, a task Adams abhorred.
John Adams was the first president to live in the White House, although
it was not called that for many years. The president moved in to the
Executive Mansion on November 1, 1800, just a few months before his term
expired. In a letter to his wife Abigail the following evening, Adams
wrote, "I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and
all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men
ever rule under this roof." This quote is now etched in the mantelpiece
in the White House's State Dining Room.
Reportedly, Adams' final words were "Thomas Jefferson still survives,"
although the last two words were fairly inaudible. If John Adams
actually did utter these words, he was incorrect. His dear friend had
passed away over six hours prior. Adams' death made Charles Carroll the
only surviving signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
First Lady: Abigail Smith Adams
- Spouse: Abigail Smith Adams (m. 1764-1818)
Political Party: Federalist Party
Vice President: Thomas Jefferson
Last Words: "Thomas Jefferson still survives."
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