Adams, John Quincy ___ 1767-1848 ___ American ___ politician

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, and while still young served as secretary to his father in Europe. He studied at Leiden University and Harvard, and trained as a lawyer. At only 26 years of age, he was appointed Minister to the Netherlands, and then promoted to the Berlin Legation. In 1802 he was elected to the Senate. Six years later President Madison appointed him Minister to Russia. Under President Monroe, Adams served as Secretary of State, arranging with England for the joint occupation of Oregon, obtaining from Spain the cession of the Floridas, and formulating, with the President, the Monroe Doctrine. Upon becoming President, the sixth (his father was the second President), in 1825, Adams launched a programme to build highways and canals, to establish a national university, and to finance scientific expeditions. When not re-elected in 1829, he returned to Massachusetts to retire from politics but, unexpectedly, Plymouth district elected him to the House of Representatives. He was re-elected regularly (even though he changed from being a Republican to a Whig) and served on various committees until he died from a stroke suffered on the floor of the House.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1787-1789 1794-1848 ___ political social historyeye people

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Massachusetts Historical Society

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Memoirs of John Quincy Adams
The Diary of John Quincy Adams
Life in a New England Town, 1787, 1788: Diary of John Quincy Adams While a Student in the Office of Theophilus Parsons at Newburyport

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