John Adams
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"John Adams" was the List of Presidents of the United States/second president of the United States (1797–1801), having earlier served as the List of Vice Presidents of the United States/first vice president of the United States (1789-1797). An American Founding Fathers of the United States/Founding Father, Adams was a statesman, diplomat, and a leading advocate of American independence from Kingdom of Great Britain/Great Britain. Well educated, he was an Age of Enlightenment/Enlightenment political theorist who promoted Republicanism in the United States/republicanism, as well as a strong central government, and wrote prolifically about his often seminal ideas—both in published works and in letters to his wife and key adviser Abigail Adams. Adams was opposed to slavery, and never owned a slave. After the Boston Massacre, with anti-British feelings in Boston at a boiling point, he provided a principled, controversial, and successful legal defense of the accused British soldiers, because he believed in the right to counsel and the "protect[ion] of innocence".

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