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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “John Adams: Patriot, President, and Patriarch of America’s First Political Dynasty” with Dr. Scott Culpepper at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

John Adams took a leading role championing the Patriot cause during the earliest days of the American Revolution. He contributed his legal expertise to the work of the Continental Congress and the creation of the new American republic, says Culpepper, a Dordt College History Professor.

“Adams served as the first vice president and second president during the formative first decade of government under the United States Constitution. His presidency was marked by controversy and partisan conflict, some of it intensified by his own prickly personality,” Culpepper says.

Adam’s son, John Quincy, succeeded James Monroe as the sixth president of the United States, making his father one of only two fathers in American history to see his son succeed him to the top office.

Culpepper’s teaching and research interests are the Atlantic world and American history, with particular emphasis on the intersection of faith, politics and popular culture. He is the author of “Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence: The Bishop of Brownism’s Life, Ministry, and Controversies” (Mercer University Press, 2011).

Culpepper holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Church/State Studies from Baylor University; a Master of Arts in History from Northwestern State University of Louisiana; a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in historical and theological studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Education from Louisiana College.