John Adams' wife. Born to a rich Boston family, Abigail Smith remained an important figure in John's life for over fifty years, constantly exchanging letters, encouraging and pushing him. Her letters show her to be a strong, confident, politically-adept woman.
Adams' second oldest son, he traveled extensively with his father and studied law under Alexander Hamilton. A drunkard, he died in New York just days before his father left the presidency.
John Quincy Adams
Ambassador and noted Harvard professor, John Quincy was Adams' oldest son, and the sixth president of the United States. John Quincy traveled with his father from an early age and began a very successful diplomatic and political career with a trip as a personal secretary to the minister to Russia in his teenage years.
John Adams' cousin and one of the major proponents and fomentors of the Revolutionary War. Samuel led the Sons of Liberty.
The leader of the Federalists and the first secretary of the treasury. Hamilton split with Adams during Adams' presidency but retained broad authority over the cabinet until Adams cleared his cabinet of Hamiltonian Federalists. Adams saw Hamilton as being largely responsible for everything that went wrong during his administration.
Adams's long-time opponent in Boston politics and one of the strongest Tories in the colony. He served as chief justice of the supreme judicial court, as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts during the Stamp Act crisis, and finally, as the royal governor.
John Adams' close friend and legislative ally, Otis was a strong patriot. As the Stamp Act crisis passed, Otis fell out of favor with the patriots. However, he worked closely with Adams in the drafting of several letters of complaint to the Crown governors.
Royally-appointed governor of Massachusetts in the early days of the unrest in Boston. Sided with Thomas Hutchinson early in his term but was forced out of his post by the patriots and the Sons of Liberty after the Stamp Act crisis.