John Quincy Adams
6th President of the United States

(1825 - 1829)
Vice President: John C. Calhoun

Alligator belonging to Lafayette.
Silkworms belonging to Mrs. Louisa Adams.

President: John Quincy Adams

Wife: Louisa Catherine Johnson (1775-1852), on July 26, 1797

Kids: George Washington Adams (1801-29); John Adams (1803-34); Charles Francis Adams (1807-86); Louisa Catherine Adams (1811-12)

Pets: alligator; silkworms

Bio: John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848), was the 6th President Of The United States. He was the son of John Adams, our 2nd president. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on July 11, 1767, he was home educated until the age of 10, when he went to Europe in 1767 with his father and learned French at a private school in Paris, and later studied at the University of Leiden. He returned to the United States in 1785 to attend and graduate from Harvard. By 1790, he had settled down to practice law in Boston.

Soon, President Washington had appointed him as U.S. minister to the Netherlands and then to Berlin. While on a mission to England, he married Louisa Catherine Johnson in 1797, a daughter of the American consul in London. Back in the states in 1803, Monroe was elected to the U.S. Senate. His successful career continued when he was appointed by Madison as the first minister of the United States to Russia, where he served from 1809 to 1814, and then to England from 1815 to 1817. President James Monroe recalled Adams from England to become secretary of state in 1817. He held the office throughout Monroe's two administrations, until 1825 when he was elected as president.

John Quincy Adams has often been called the greatest U.S. secretary of state, but was not considered one of the greatest presidents. Although he believed in the Constitution, he also believed in a strong national government, calling for strong policies under national control. This did not sit well with the public. They were more interested in a loose government with more individual freedoms. He only served one term, being defeated by Andrew Jackson in 1828. However, he was elected to Congress by the 12th district of Massachusetts. He died in 1848 while still a Congressman.

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