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Hamilton Vs Adams Essay

906 words - 4 pages

Chanice Lighty
November 3rd, 2014
Harrold
US History
John Adams vs Alexander Hamilton
Born October 30, 1735 in Quincy, Massachusetts. John Adams our 2nd president of the United States, grew up with a father who was a farmer, deacon, and town councilman. Adams was a federalist one of his famous attributes was the argument about the stamp act of 1765. He wrote a response to the act called “Essay on the Canon and Feudal Law” in which he argued that: ‘the stamp act deprived American colonist of their rights to be taxed by consent and to be tried by a jury of their peers.’ He also made it clear that the act was null and void in a speech he sent out to the governor of Massachusetts along ...view middle of the document...

John Adams on the other hand was more favorable to the people because his earlier works. Hamilton had little
influence on the writing of the Constitution, he became a heavy influence in its ratification. Along with James Madison, the reason he had such a heavy influence was because Hamilton wrote "The Federalist," a series of essays that defended the yet-to-be-approved Constitution. ‘Hamilton composed more than two-thirds of the 85 essays, which were published in New York newspapers in 1787-88. Later in 1788, Hamilton attended the New York ratification convention.’ Because he was a well-rounded public speaker he used it as his best defense mechanism, he turned back a huge Anti-Federalist tide to win ratification. In 1800 Hamilton's old enemy, Aaron Burr, descided he wanted to publish publish a confidential document Hamilton had written that was highly critical of Federalist John Adams, then president. Publication of the article created a definite win for the Federalist party, helping Republicans Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr to win the race for
presidency. But since the two men tied in electoral votes, it was up to Congress to decide the outcome. Hamilton urged the Congressional federalists to vote for Jefferson, which really had no effect. Alas, Congress chose Jefferson as president. Burr was assumed to be the vice president.

In the New York 1804, Hamilton again bumped heads with Aaron Burr. Burr ran as an independent. Hamilton feared that Burr would eclipse him in the Federalist leadership. He spoke out against the vice president Burr, and it resulted in what was called a brutal media campaign against Burr. The Clintons, not Hamilton, were...

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