Secretary of State

Son of John and Abigail Adams, diplomat, senator, sixth President, congressman; 1767—1848.
 
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Lawyer, diplomat, Continental congressman, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; 1745—1829.
 
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Lawyer, architect, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia governor, diplomat, third President, founder of the University of Virginia; 1743—1826.
 
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Constitutionalist, congressman, Secretary of State, fourth President; 1751—1836.
 
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Soldier, lawyer, politician, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; 1755—1835.
 
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Soldier, lawyer, Virginia governor, diplomat, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, fifth President; 1758—1831.
 
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Lawyer, Virginia governor, Constitutional Convention delegate, first Attorney General, Secretary of State; 1753—1813.
 
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Eighteenth-century writers seemed uncertain how best to describe Britain’s relation to its many overseas possessions. Only tepidly did they employ the concept of empire since for them it carried uncomfortable baggage from ancient history. The traditional usage suggested that control over distant colonies and expansion into new regions depended on military might. But the notion that Great Britain was a modern-day Rome, dispatching powerful legions to conquer the world, did not sit well with a people who celebrated liberty and rights, the blessings of living under a balanced constitution.

T. H. Breen
The Marketplace of the Revolution (2004)