History for the Rest of Us

The Treaty of Paris

The Treaty of Paris brought an end to the American Revolutionary War. Signed September 3, 1783, the United States was represented by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay while David Hartley, a member of the British Parliament represented King George III. The document was signed in Paris at the Hotel d’York (presently 56 Rue Jacob). Great Britian...

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

Mar 13, 2013

The USS Constitution was one of the original six frigates of the United States Navy and is perhaps the most famous ship in US History. US President John Adams was in attendance when it first launched from Edmund Hartts shipyard in Boston Massachusetts on October 21, 1797. The ship was named in honor of the then-new US Constitution by President George...

John Adams – State of the Union – November 11, 1800

John Adams – State of the Union – November 11, 1800

Oct 18, 2012

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: Immediately after the adjournment of Congress at their last session in Philadelphia I gave directions, in compliance with the laws, for the removal of the public offices, records, and property. These directions have been executed, and the public officers have since resided and conducted the...

John Adams – State of the Union – December 3, 1799

John Adams – State of the Union – December 3, 1799

Oct 18, 2012

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: It is with peculiar satisfaction that I meet the 6th Congress of the United States of America. Coming from all parts of the Union at this critical and interesting period, the members must be fully possessed of the sentiments and wishes of our constituents. The flattering prospects of...

John Adams – State of the Union – December 8, 1798

John Adams – State of the Union – December 8, 1798

Oct 18, 2012

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: While with reverence and resignation we contemplate the dispensations of Divine Providence in the alarming and destructive pestilence with which several of our cities and towns have been visited, there is cause for gratitude and mutual congratulations that the malady has disappeared and that...