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John Quincy Adams: Much more than just a US President

Updated on May 13, 2019

A major contributor to American history, in spite of his four years as US President

I just finished the Unger biography of John Quincy Adams, my third specific biography on him... in addition to several other readings on the Adams family. I find JQA especially fascinating because he continued to act and live his principles is spite of what was going on around him - which was often very chaotic in terms of both national and international terms as well as in his immediate world.

He traveled diplomatically as a teenager with his father and on his own, he worked for George Washington, he was in Congress with Abraham Lincoln, and he served in Congress for many years AFTER his four years as US President... just a couple of his many life highlights! ;-)

Join me on this journey of the Life of John Quincy Adams.

I took the photo of my copy of this book, earlier today.

John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger on Amazon

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams
This is both a relatively easy read yet very comprehensive, well researched biography of a very complex and long-serving public servant - John Quincy Adams, a US President and son of the 2nd president of the USA, John Adams. Interesting to me, and appropriately, his four years as president, are treated in very few years. They were, indeed, the least significant four years of his entire eighty years of life. I hope you will read the book to see for yourself why I believe this to be the case.

How much do you know about John Quincy Adams? - He led a very long and productive life in our nation's history!

I look forward to your comments on John Quincy Adams, the man.

Have you read details about the life of John Quincy Adams?

An earlier John Quincy Adams biography on Amazon

John Quincy Adams (The American Presidents Series)
John Quincy Adams (The American Presidents Series)
This biography by Remini was the first biography I read of John Quincy Adams. I strongly recommend it as well. Being part of a series, it is not quite as detailed as the Unger book, but well worth reading.

John Quicy Adams represented Africans on the Amistad before the Supreme Court

John Quicy Adams represented Africans on the Amistad before the Supreme Court
John Quicy Adams represented Africans on the Amistad before the Supreme Court

Mr. Adam's Last Crusade on Amazon

Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress
Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress
This is an excellent book about the many years and many important things John Quincy Adams did AFTER he left the presidency. He spent many years in Congress, sent my his Massachusetts district, but "representing the nation!" He fought for the right of citizens to send petitions to Congress, he fought slavery, he predicted the Civil War, he defended the Africans of the Amistad before the Supreme Court - and, he died on the floor of the House - serving his nation to the very end!
Daguerreotype image of JQA
Daguerreotype image of JQA

John Quincy Adams, first President to be photographed

JQA, 6th President of the United States

John Quincy Adams served as 6th President of the United States, from March 4, 1825 to March 4, 1829.

George Washington appointed Adams as Ambassador to The Netherlands as the age of 26.

He served as Ambassador to Prussia December 5, 1797 to May 5, 1801 and Ambassador to Russia from November 5, 1809 to April 28, 1814.

JQA served as Secretary of State in the James Monroe Administration from September 22, 1917 to March 4, 1825.

Adams served in Congress as both a Senator and Congressman from Massachusetts.

Image courtesy of WIkimedia Commons:

John Quincy Adams on Amazon

Signing of the Treaty of Ghent - Christmas 1814; ending War of 1812

Signing of the Treaty of Ghent
Signing of the Treaty of Ghent

United States Ambassador to Russia shakes hands with Admiral of the First Fleet James Gabieer at the signing of the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812.

Painting held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, oil on canvas, painted by Amedee Forestier

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons:

Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams

Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams

Wife of John Quincy Adams

Louisa (1775-1852) was the daughter of an Englishwoman and an American merchant. She was the only First Lady born outside the United States. Her father, Joshua Johnson, was from Maryland. We served as United State consul general in England after 1790. Her brother, Thomas was later Governor and a United States Supreme Court Justice.

John Quincy and Louisa had four children:

- George Washington Adams (1801-1829) - a lawyer

- John Adams II (1803-1824) - presidential aide

- Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886) - diplomat, public official, and author [Including Ambassador to England under Abraham Lincoln and his Secretary of State, W.H. Seward]

- Louisa Catherine Adams (1811-1812) - born, lived and died in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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