Open/Close All Full Name: John Adams Born: Oct. 30, 1735 in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts Died: July 4, 1826 in Quincy, MassachusettsJohn Adams served as the United States’ first vice president (1789-1797) and second president (1797-1801). One of the Founding Fathers, Adams was a statesman, diplomat and leading advocate of American independence from Great Britain. His son, John Quincy Adams, became the sixth U.S. President.U.S. Presidents | U.S. Vice Presidents Related Resources, Notes, Links, etc. See the Geopeda version of this article.