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Before entering the presidency, John Quincy Adams held several important diplomatic posts. He took part in the negotiations that ended the War of 1812. As Secretary of State, he helped develop the Monroe Doctrine. Quarrels within his party hampered Adams as President, and he made little progress with his ambitious legislative program. His years in the White House were perhaps the unhappiest period of Adams' life. A year after leaving the White House, Adams was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives, where he spent the rest of his life -- probably one of the happiest periods of his life.

John Quincy Adams

Chronology of His Life and Career

July 11, 1767 John QuincyAdams Birthplace Born in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts.
1787   Graduated from Harvard College.
1794   Became Minister to The Netherlands.
1796   Appointed Minister to Portugal, but never took the post.
July 26, 1797   Married Louisa Catherine Johnson.
1803   Elected to the U. S. Senate.
1809   Appointed Minister to Russia.
1814-1815   Helped negotiate peace with Great Britain.
1815   Named Minister to Great Britain.
1817   Appointed Secretary of State.
1819   Negotiated the purchase of Florida from Spain.
1825 President John Quincy Adams Elected President of the United States.
1830 John Quincy Adams in Congress Elected to the U. S. House of Representatives.
1841   Successfully defended the Africans who had seized the Amistad before the U. S. Supreme Court.
February 23, 1848 the death of John Quincy Adams Died in Washington, D. C.

Notes and Trivia

John Quincy Adams was the first son of a President (John Adams) to become President.


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See Also

War of 1812
Secretary of State
The Netherlands
Great Britain
Purchase of Florida
John Adams

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