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John Adams
(30 Oct 1735 - 4 Jul 1826)

American president who was the first vice-president and the second president of the U.S. As a prominent leader in the adoption of Declaration of Independence, he was one of the most influential of the founding fathers of the United States.

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The science of government is my duty. ... I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
— John Adams
Letter to Abigail Adams, (1780). In John Adams and Charles Francis Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife (1841), 68.
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