A few interesting facts about John Adams that I never knew... and which only add to my admiration and respect for the man.
- During the Continental Congress, he served as the chairman of the “war” committee and as such had to get Congress to authorize commissions for officers, payroll, building of ships for a navy, etc.
- He was sent to Paris to join Benjamin Franklin in Paris to help get France to provide military support for the Revolution.
Something I didn’t know:
- To go to France, he had to cross the North Atlantic in the dead of winter, which was dangerous enough
- He risked the very real possibility of capture should the ship be captured by the British
- He took his son, John Quincy Adams, with him though he was only age 10 or 11. My reaction was “Wow! What an opportunity for such a youngster. How many boys of that era got to be part of history like that?”