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John Adams

National Museum of American History

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery
No peace medals were created with John Adams’s likeness during his administration. Later, a die made by Moritz Fürst, who had created profile portraits for earlier silver peace medals, was struck in bronze. Based on preexisting likenesses of Adams, medals in several sizes were created until the early twentieth century in an effort to complete a series of presidential portrait medals.

Durante la administración de John Adams no se crearon medallas de la paz con su imagen. Sin embargo, tiempo después se acuñó una en bronce con un troquel hecho por Moritz Fürst, quien ya había creado otros perfiles para medallas anteriores en plata. Para completar las series de medallas presidenciales, continuaron haciéndose medallas de distintos tamaños con la imagen de Adams a partir de diversos retratos hasta principios del siglo XX.

Moritz Fürst (1782–después de 1841)

Bronce, después de 1878

Galería Nacional de Retratos, Instituto Smithsonian, donación de Betty A. y Lloyd G. Schermer

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits
In 1785, when John Adams sat for artist Mather Brown in London, he was one of the best known political figures in both the newly independent United States and in Europe. Adams first came to prominence in colonial Massachusetts, with his successful legal defense of British soldiers accused of murder in the Boston Massacre. Selected as a delegate to both the first and second Continental Congress (1774 and 1775), he was the most important leader for those advocating independence. Striking up a friendship with Virginia delegate Thomas Jefferson, Adams suggested that Jefferson draft a declaration of independence.

During the 1780s, Adams served in important diplomatic posts in France and Holland, and then as American ambassador in London. When Jefferson, the U.S. ambassador to France, visited Adams in London, Adams had this copy of his portrait made for his friend. Adams served under George Washington as this country's first vice president.

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery
A highly educated and enlightened thinker, John Adams gained valuable political experience while serving in diplomatic positions in France and Holland during the Revolutionary War. Afterward, he was appointed the first American minister to the Court of St. James's (1785-88) before returning to the United States to serve as vice president (1789-97) and later as president (1797-1801). Early in his term, Adams exhibited an awareness of the potential problems that Spain's presence in America could cause for the young nation. In his first State of the Union address, he informed Congress that despite the agreements reached two years earlier in the Pinckney Treaty, Spain continued to maintain a military presence in American territory near the Mississippi and that the demarcation of borders had yet to commence. He also accurately predicted hostilities with the Native Americans, who deterred attempts to establish the boundaries prescribed by the 1795 treaty.

Pensador sumamente educado y de lúcida inteligencia, John Adams ganó una valiosa experiencia política mientras servía en puestos diplomáticos en Francia y en Holanda durante la Guerra Revolucionaria. Adams fue, además, el primer norteamericano que recibió el nombramiento de ministro de su país ante la Corte de St. James's (1785-88). Regresó luego a los Estados Unidos para servir primero como vicepresidente (1789-1797) y luego como presidente (1797-1801). Desde el principio de su presidencia, Adams mostró una aguda conciencia de los problemas que la presencia de España en Norteamérica podría causarle a la joven nación. En su primer discurso sobre el Estado de la Unión, Adams informó al Congreso que, a pesar de los acuerdos conseguidos dos años antes en el Tratado de Pickney, España seguía manteniendo su presencia militar en el territorio norteamericano que bordeaba el Mississippi, y que la demarcación de las fronteras estaba todavía por hacer. Adams pronosticó también con precisión las hostilidades con los indígenas, que impidieron los esfuerzos del gobierno para establecer los límites prescritos en el Tratado de 1795.

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams Parker

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits

John Adams

Catalog of American Portraits

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Adams

National Portrait Gallery
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