John Adams, The Seven of Spades
2nd President of the United States, 1797—1801
John Adams was a short stout man who claimed to have been so abused by artist’s depictions of him that he refused to have portraits done. He first gained notoriety by successfully posting the “Stamp Act”, the British crown’s attempt to tax the colonies without allowing them representation. His last words “Thomas Jefferson still survives, “were wrong. In fact Thomas Jefferson had died a few hours earlier. The date was July 4th 1826, fifty years to the day that both men signed the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson and Adams were the only two signors to become President of the United States.