John Adams

Political Offices

Did Adams enjoy the vice presidency?

Adams did not think much of the office of vice president. He referred to it as “the most insignificant office that ever the imagination of man contrived.” Part of this was due to the fact that Adams and Washington were not particularly close. Washington rarely consulted Adams on questions of policy or political importance. Adams did cast numerous deciding votes, as the vice president casts the deciding vote when the Senate is tied. Adams cast the deciding vote against a bill that would have given the Senate the power to remove officials from the presidential cabinet.


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