The House approved legislation authorizing a federal monument to honor former President John Adams and his family. Sponsors of the legislation said they hope to get the measure through Congress before the Fourth of July.
Adams, the second president, was a revolutionary leader and driving force behind the Declaration of Independence. Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), one of the bill's authors, called the Adamses a "historic, dazzling, brilliant family."
The Adams Memorial Foundation will fund the monument, which also will pay tribute to Adams' wife, Abigail--who was a writer, abolitionist and advocate for women's rights--and their son, John Quincy Adams, who was the sixth president and represented Massachusetts in Congress before and after his presidency.