John AdamsJohn Adams, (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

John Adams Quote

“[I] never understood [what a republican government was and] I believe no other man ever did or ever will.”

John AdamsJohn Adams
~ John Adams

Adams to Mercy Warren, July 20, 1807, in MHS Collections 5th ser. IV, 1878

Ratings and Comments

Georgia Peach, Savannah

Hear, hear! Now can the 'patriots' lighten up a bit? Even Adams struggled with the word 'republic'.

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    Anonymous    3/19/08

    Everyone realizes this quote has nothing to do with the Republican Party right? It didn't exist yet for one thing and he was referring to a small "r" republican government i.e., a representative democracy in the Roman sense.

    Mr. Deeds, Westchestertonfieldville, Iowa

    Even I understand republican government.


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