John Adams

    In 1774, John Adams visited Wethersfield to meet with Wethersfield's Patriot leader Silas Deane. About that visit, Adams wrote in his diary on August 15, "We went up the steeple of Wethersfield Meeting House from whence is the most grand and beautiful prospect in the World, at least that I ever saw." Adams obviously had political skills.

    Adams also had a clear sense of the importance of religion in the life of the new nation he had helped to found. As he declared after the United States Constitution was adopted, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Most of the leading delegates to the Constitutional Convention made similar statements expressing their conviction that widespread religious belief, meaning Christian belief, is essential for our nation to survive.