A look at the daily routine of John Adams, who woke before dawn, walked 5 miles at a time, and drank hard cider at breakfast

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John Adams served as the second president of the US. His daily routine varied a bit over the years. That’s understandable given that, before he rose to the presidency, Adams worked as a lawyer, colonial delegate, commissioner to France, and vice president. Generally, though, Adams liked to make time in his daily life for long walks and lots of letter-writing.

John Adams had quite a career.

After graduating from Harvard in 1755, he worked as a schoolmaster in Worcester, Massachusetts. The role wasn’t a great fit.

From there, Adams began studying law and was admitted to the bar in 1758. Over the years, Adams would become a legal powerhouse in New England.

He was also an early rebel against the Crown, writing essays criticizing measures like the Stamp Act and helping to prod the colonies into war with England.

Adams would become a crucial member of the Continental Congress. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence. He also teamed up with Benjamin Franklin to work as a diplomat in France.

After the war, Adams became the first-ever US vice president. In 1796, he was elected the second president of the new United States.

So what did this very busy Massachusettsan get up to all day?

David McCullough’s “John Adams” includes plenty of details on what an average day looked like for this Founding Father.

Here’s a breakdown of a day in the life of John Adams:

Adams usually rose before dawn, beginning his day as early as 5 a.m. Robert Lyle Bolton/Flickr

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As President, Adams typically ate breakfast at 8 a.m. Wikimedia Commons

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As a student at Harvard, Adams picked up one peculiar habit — drinking a morning “gill” of hard cider. He later wrote that he would “… never forget how refreshing and salubrious” he found the beverage in college. Wikimedia Commons

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