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John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848)

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Life in Brief: Reared for public service, John Quincy Adams became one of the nation's preeminent secretaries of state but proved the wrong man for the presidency. Aloof, stubborn, and ferociously independent, he failed to develop the support he needed in Washi… more life in brief »

Essays about John Quincy Adams

About His Administration

First Lady
Louisa Adams
Secretary of State
Henry Clay (1825–1829)
Attorney General
William Wirt (1825–1829)
Postmaster General
John McLean (1825–1829)
Secretary of the Treasury
Richard Rush (1825–1829)
Secretary of the Navy
Samuel L. Southard (1825–1829)

Facts about John Quincy Adams

Term
:
6th President of the United States (1825 – 1829)
Born
:
July 11, 1767, Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts
Political Party
:
Federalist, Democratic-Republican, Whig
Died
:
February 23, 1848
Nickname
:
“Old Man Eloquent”
Education
:
Harvard College (graduated 1787)
Religion
:
Unitarian
Marriage
:
July 26, 1797, to Louisa Catherine Johnson (1775–1852)
Children
:
George Washington (1801–1829), John (1803–1834), Charles Francis (1807–1886), Louisa Catherine (1811–1812)
Career
:
Lawyer, Senator, Diplomat
Buried
:
First Unitarian Church, Quincy, Massachusetts
Writings

Memoirs (12 vols., 1874–1877); Writings of John Quincy Adams (7 vols., 1913–1917)


Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Margaret A. Hogan

Ms. Hogan is the managing editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She has been the series editor for the Adams Family Correspondence volumes since 2004.

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