Oct. 30, 1735 ~ July 4, 1826 Religion: Unitarian branch of Congregationalism Marriage: Abigail Smith in 1764 Military service: None Term: March 4, 1797 - March 4, 1801 Vice president: Thomas Jefferson Highlights of presidency: In 1797, Adams encouraged the declaration of war against France by producing documents about protection money being paid to French privateers to stop harassment of American merchant ships. He signed the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798, permitting the deportation of dangerous aliens, imprisoning enemy aliens and restricting freedom of speech to criticize the government. Did you know? In 1770, he successfully defended the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. He signed the Treaty of Paris on Sept. 3, 1783, ending the War for American Independence. He was the first president to reside in what would become known as the White House. Adams was the father of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States.