John Adams entered public life with the first session of the Continental Congress, which met at Philadelphia, September 5, 1774, and re- upon mained in the service of the country almost uninterruptedly until the close of his administration, March 4, 1801.
Of this period, nine years were covered by the American Revolution, in which he took a leading part and held it with undiminished zeal and constancy until the Treaty of Peace in 1783. His influence during this period of national history was mainly due to his ability ; but he was fortunate in the time at which he intervened in public affairs, as also in the character of the colony from which he was a delegate to the Congress.
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