John Quincy Adams
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John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams was born July 11, 1767, in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts to John and Abigale Smith Adams. He married Louisa Johnson in 1797 and had three children, George Washington Adams, Louisa Catherine Adams and John Adams. He graduated from Harvard as a lawyer in 1787. Political appointments included:

  • Secretary to U.S. Minister to Russia, 1781
  • Minister to the Netherlands, 1794
  • Minister to Prussia, 1797-1801
  • United States Senator, 1803-08
  • Minister to Russia, 1809-11
  • Peace Commissioner at Treaty of Ghent, 1814
  • Secretary of State, 1817-25
  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1831-48

John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States and served from 1825-1829. John Quincy Adams was one of the four people running for President in 1824. No single candidate had the majority needed so the election between the top three candidates went to the House of Representatives. John made a deal with the candidate that had been eliminated, who's name was Henry Clay. The deal was that Clay would convince the people in the House of Representatives that would have voted for him to vote for John and in return John would make Clay the secretary of State. John Quincy Adams was not a very popular President and as a result, he lost to Jackson in 1828.