• John Quincy Adams

    John Quincy Adams

    John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) ,was elected for a term from 1825 to 1829.

    John Quincy Adams , sixth president of the United States was born in Braintree in Massachussetts in 1767.

    He studied at Havard University and then became a lawyer at the age of 26 years.

    He was appointed ambassador to the Netherlands in 1794 , with Portugal in 1796 and Prussia in 1797.

    Elected to the Massachussetts Senate in 1802 , it will

    also be in the Senate of the United States where he served from 1803 to 1808 to the Federalist Party. He left the training to integrate the Democratic Republican party. He is a member of  the comission that negociated the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 , and Minister of foreign Affairs in the cabinet of President James Monroe between 1817 and 1825.

    November 2, 1824 presidential election was the first where popular votes were aggregated to the national level. John Quincy Adams came in second behind General Jackson. It alsogets the best score for the vote of the Electoral College , but because of the presence of three other candidates , he does not get a majority. This is the House of Representatives , to general surprise, finally vote on December 1 in favor of Adams.

    John Quincy Adams continued his political career after 1828 : first the anti-Masonic Party and the Whig Party , which he helped found to 1833-1834. Electe to the House of Representatives in 1831 , he remained there until his death , February 23, 1848. He also ran for the governorship of Massachussetts in 1834 but can not get it. In 1841, he defended the case of African Spanish ship La Amistad which took control when they were transported as slaves illegal before the Supreme Court.

    Threatened with deportation to Spain , they will enventually be released.

    In 1848 , he collapsed on the floor of the House a stroke and was carried to the Room of the Presidency , where two days later he died. He was buried : just like his father , his mother and his wife.


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