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John Adams was the second President of the United States as well as the first Vice President. He held a long-maintained friendship with fellow Federalist Alexander Hamilton. John Adams stepped down when he lost the third presidential election to his vice president, Thomas Jefferson, as referenced in Election of 1800.

Act 2

Despite never making an appearance, Adams is mentioned a few times. Adams is first mentioned as Washington's Vice President, who according to Eliza, spent the summer with his family, and Hamilton claimed that Adams didn't have a real job. He then attempted to succeed Washington in the Election of 1796, as the latter stepped down from power. Adams ran as a Federalist against the former Secretary of State, and head of the Democratic-Republican Party, Thomas Jefferson. Adams defeated Jefferson and was elected as the president. Jefferson came in second, which allowed him to become Adams' Vice President, despite being from an opposing party, and campaigning against him. Adams then firedAlexander Hamilton from the Treasury Department, and called him a "creole bastard" according to Burr. Hamilton then wrote a pamphlet against Adams, which apparently "destroyed" Adams. Due to the Federalist infighting, Burr and Jefferson managed to defeat Adams in 1800, who stepped down after being forced to leave office due to the election results.

Song References

"John Adams?!
I know him
That can't be
That's that little guy who spoke to me
All those years ago
What was it, eighty-five?
That poor man, they're gonna eat him alive!
— King George III, "I Know Him"
""President John Adams"
Good luck
— King George III, "I Know Him"
"Adams fires Hamilton
Privately calls him "creole bastard" in his taunts
— Aaron Burr, "The Adams Administration"
""Sit down, John, you fat mother ----------!""
— Alexander Hamilton, "The Adams Administration"

"This is great! He's out of power. He holds no office. And he just destroyed President John Adams, the only other significant member of his party"
— James Madison, "The Adams Administration"
"John Adams shat the bed.
I love the guy, but he's in traction
— Thomas Jefferson, "The Election of 1800"
"I don't like Adams
Well, he's gonna lose, that's just defeatist
— Male and female voters, "The Election of 1800"
"Dear Mr. Hamilton: John Adams doesn't stand a chance, so who are you promoting?"
— Ensemble, "The Election of 1800"
"Angelica, tell this man John Adams spends the summer with his family"
— Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, "Take A Break"
"Angelica, tell my wife John Adams doesn't have a real job anyway"
— Alexander Hamilton, "Take A Break"