Post Tagged with: "John Adams"

St John's Church, Washington D.C.

Prayers for Wise Rulers

On NOVEMBER 1, 1800, John Adams became the first U.S. President to move into the White House. The following day he wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail, in which he composed a beautiful prayer. A portion of John Adams’ prayer was inscribed on the mantlepiece in the State Dining Room by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It reads: “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.”

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Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776

Without Virtue, There Can Be No Political Liberty

John Adams was born OCTOBER 30, 1735. A Harvard graduate, he was admitted to the bar and married Abigail Smith in 1764. In the Continental Congress, John Adams recommended Thomas Jefferson pen the Declaration and George Washington be Commander-in-Chief. John Adams authored Massachusetts’ 1780 Constitution and was U.S. Minister to France, signing the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War. While U.S. Minister to Britain, John Adams helped ratify the Constitution by writing a three volume work: Defense of the Constitution of the Government of the United States.

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