John Quincy Adams
6th President of the United States
(March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1829)
Nickname: "Old Man Eloquent"
Born: July 11, 1767, in Braintree (now Quincy),
Died: February 23, 1848, in Washington, D.C.
Catherine Johnson (1775-1852), on July 26, 1797
Children: George Washington Adams (1801-29); John Adams
Francis Adams (1807-86); Louisa Catherine Adams (1811-12)
Education: Graduated from Harvard College (1787)
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Other Government Positions:
Presidential Salary: $25,000/year
- Secretary to U.S. Minister to Russia, 1781
- Minister to the Netherlands, 1794
- Minister to Prussia, 1797-1801
- United States Senator, 1803-08
- Minister to Russia, 1809-11
- Peace Commissioner at Treaty of Ghent, 1814
- Secretary of State, 1817-25 (under Monroe)
- Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1831-48
Presidential Election Results:
Vice President: John
C. Calhoun (1825-29)
- Secretary of State
- Henry Clay (1825-1829)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Richard Rush (1825-29)
- Secretary of War
- James Barbour (1825-28)
- Peter B. Porter (1828)
- Attorney General
- William Wirt (1825-29)
- Secretary of the Navy
- Samuel L. Southard (1825-29)
Notable Events:Erie Canal completed.
Clay as secretary of state, led to charges that the Clay and Adams made a
bargain in the election of 1824.
Baltimore & Ohio railroad, the first designed for passengers and
Jackson defeated Adams.
Internet Biographies:Compiled by the White House.
Adams -- from The
Grolier Online has created this
resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana.
Contains a full biography, written by Samuel Flagg Bemis of Yale University,
along with suggestions for further reading.
Quincy Adams -- from The
From the PBS series The American President, this biography covers his early
life, his presidency, and his legacy. Also includes quotations, links to other
websites, and lesson plans.
Quincy Adams -- from DiscoverySchool.com
Complete biography powered by World Book Online.
Christian Rulers: John Quincy Adams -- from Forerunner
Biography of Adams from a Christian viewpoint. Choices made by Adams during
his presidency were defended using the Bible. Quotations by Adams are
Quincy Adams -- from The
Presidents of the United States of America
Jubilee of the Constitution (1839)
Argument in the
Amistad trial (1841)
Of Religion and Society (1850)
Other Internet Resources:
Adams National Historical Site
The birthplace of John Quincy Adams and other notable Americans. From the National
Points of Interest:
- President Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River. Anne Royall, the
first American professional journalist, knew of Adams' 5 A.M. swims. After
being refused interviews with the president time after time, she went to the
river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview.
Before this, no female had interviewed a president.
- Adams was the first to be elected president without receiving either the
most popular votes or the most votes of the electoral college.
- He was the first president married abroad.
- Adams was the first president to be photographed.
- Adams is the only president to be elected to the House after his
- One of his sons, George Washington Adams, died at the age of 28, an