6th President (1825-1829)
Born: July 11, 1767
Died: February 23, 1848
Vice President: John Calhoun
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Next President: Andrew Jackson
Previous President: James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams is the only United States president to ever be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
after he had left the office of the presidency. It is said that John Quincy Adams accomplished more in U.S.
politics as a representative from Massachusetts than he did as the president, even though it was in his blood to be
commander in chief. John Quincy Adams was born in Quincy, Massachusetts to former president John Adams and his wife
Abigail on July 11, 1767. John Quincy Adams is also one of the few presidents to be a member of multiple parties
throughout his career. Throughout his political life, Adams was associated with the Federalist,
Democratic-Republican and National Republican parties. He was also part of the Anti-Masonic and Whig parties
earlier in his career.
John Quincy Adams was involved in politics at an early age thanks to his father and he spent much of his
childhood in France when his father was the ambassador to France. It was noted that John Quincy Adams’ political
agenda, as well as his desire to sit quietly with a book rather than socializing, was very similar behavior to that
of his father’s. In his political career prior to being president, John Quincy Adams received appointments from
George Washington to first be minister to the Netherlands and then later as the minister to Portugal. Adams
eventually met and married Louisa Catherine Johnson, who was born in London to an American merchant sailor.
The children of John Quincy Adams are an interesting study on their own. The couple’s daughter Louisa was born
in 1811 and died in 1812 while the family was still in Russia. George Washington Adams was born in 1801 but
committed suicide in 1829. John Adams was born in 1803 and died of poor health in 1834. The couple’s youngest son
Charles Francis was the only Adams’ child to survive past the age of 35. Charles Francis was the first person to
get a memorial library built to honor a president when he dedicated his father’s library in 1870.
John Quincy Adams and John Adams were the first father and son duo to serve as president. John Quincy Adams only
served one term as president before being defeated in the general elections by Andrew Jackson. John Quincy Adams
did not attend the inauguration of Jackson because he felt Jackson had personally insulted him during the election.
John Quincy Adams died in 1848 after collapsing on the floor of Congress during a heated debate.
John Quincy Adams Quotes
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest
reflection that your vote is never lost."
"Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I
hope you will make good use of it."
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond
the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
The Only President to...
John Quincy Adams was the only president to be elected as a U.S. Representative after leaving
the office of the presidency.
Interesting John Quincy Adams Facts
John Quincy Adams was a leading opponent of the Slave Power while serving as a U.S.
Representitive and made the arguement that if a Civil War ever broke out, the sitting president could use his war
powers to abolish savery. That's basically what Abraham Lincoln did in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation.