George Baker/John Adams Biography
Since 2008, George Baker has portrayed the character of President John Adams in a one-man show throughout the country at national conventions and venues like Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Kansas, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Missouri, and was featured as John Adams on National Public Radio’s weekend program, Studio360. A graduate of Columbia College ’69 and Columbia Law School ’73, George practices law in Connecticut when not on the road as John Adams.
President John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1735 and practiced law in Boston where he represented twelve British soldiers charged with murder in the Boston Massacre of March 1770, a case which is the first recorded instance in Colonial America that the judge instructed the jury that they cannot convict unless they are convinced of the defendants’ guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” In 1774 he was chosen to be one of the five delegates from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia. In 1776, he was the Congress’ most strenuous advocate for American independence from Great Britain. Later he served as ambassador from the Continental Congress to Paris, Holland and London and was Vice President in the administration of President George Washington. In 1796, he was elected the second President of the United States.