Adams Timeline

Spanning the years 1735 to 1889, the Adams Timeline is a searchable collection of important events and happenings in the lives of John and Abigail Adams and their immediate family, including three succeeding generations. Discover more about the Adams family by scrolling through the timeline or selecting a decade from the hyperlinks below. Some events include illustrations or links to related material. Click on the individual dots or blue time spans to read more.

For a printable version of the timeline, click here. For more information on the Adams family, see the interactive Family Tree.

Enter text in the "Filter" field to search for specific events or people across the timeline. For example, typing "Abigail" into the search box will identify events with that name anywhere in the text. Please be aware that first names tend to be repeated in later generations, so that searching names such as "John" or "Abigail" will retrieve results for several family members. Results will still appear in the appropriate year across the timeline but with only the selected events remaining.

Call out specific events by entering a term into the "Highlight" search box. Any event with the specific term will appear outlined in yellow.

Upcoming Events

History of Women and Gender Seminar

The "Woman Inventor" as a Political Tool of Female Suffragists: Patents, Invention, and Civil Rights ...

23Jan 5:30PM 2018
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society

After the Patent Act of 1790, patents played an important social and political role in the formation of American nationhood and citizenship. Part of a larger book ...

Conversation

Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Award & Reception

25Jan 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Please join us for a special evening in which Tamara Plakins Thornton will receive the 2017 Gomes Prize for Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a 19th ...

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

27Jan 10:00AM 2018

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...

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